Hopes that the decision by US President Donald Trump in October 2017 that he would formally lift a host of sanctions against Sudan would lead to swift relief for the economy appear to have been dashed. Telecommunications minister Ibrahim El-Mirghani said in June 2018 that sanctions against telecommunications and other technology sectors remained in place. El-Mirghani also said the country had not been able to integrate into the global financial system because it was still on a US list of state sponsors of terrorism. According to the US State Department’s announcement, the regime had “sustained positive actions to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas, improve humanitarian access, and maintain cooperation with the US on addressing regional conflicts and the threat of terrorism”. State Department officials had stressed that while the Sudanese government was still far from perfect, there were enough signs of progress on several fronts to move forward. Those issues included the end of Khartoum’s attacks on civilians in Darfur and other areas, curbing its destabilising activities in neighbouring South Sudan and increasing its cooperation with the United States on counter-terrorism issues. Some sanctions will remain in place, including a ban on weapons sales and restrictions on US aid. Sanctions related to Darfur, where rebels have taken up arms against the government since 2003. Sudan will still remain on the US list of “states sponsors of terrorism”. Ibrahim Ghandour, the Sudanese foreign minister, said “lifting the sanctions means lifting the extortion from the people of Sudan who long suffered from them”.