On September 28th, 2023, the United States announced sanctions against the former Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Karti, accusing him of obstructing efforts to reach a ceasefire in the conflict that has ravaged his country since April 15th.
New American sanctions have been imposed in connection with Sudan. Washington announced sanctions on September 28 against a former Sudanese minister, accused of undermining peace efforts in the country. The targeted individual is Ali Karti, an influential figure in the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir.
Ali Karti served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs under al-Bashir’s administration and was also the Secretary-General of the Islamic Movement, a faction described by the United States as representing the hardline Islamist position opposed to democratic transition.
He is a wealthy individual and stands accused of seeking to undermine the transition to a civilian government. More recently, he has been accused of attempting to obstruct a ceasefire between the two factions vying for power since April 15, 2023: the Sudanese army led by General al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by General Hemedti.
Sanctions have also been imposed on two companies: GSK Advance, a Sudanese company whose leaders have ties to Hemedti’s group, and Aviatrade, a Russia-based company specializing in military equipment. Both companies are accused of supplying equipment, including drones, to the RSF and providing training to this paramilitary group.
Furthermore, the US Department of State has added several Islamists and former officials of the al-Bashir regime to its visa ban list, without specifying their identities.