Sudan Enacts New Travel Curbs After 70 Leave for Islamic State

Sudanese authorities imposed new foreign-travel restrictions after 70 citizens joined Islamic State in territories such as Syria since the group emerged, Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said.

Sudan and Turkey, which borders Syria and is a transit point for potential militants, are coordinating the granting of exit and entry visas to stop any Sudanese traveler suspected of planning to join the group, Osman said Tuesday by phone from the capital, Khartoum.

Any youths planning to travel without their families to countries adjoining Islamic State territory will need to show parental permission, Osman said. About two-thirds of Sudanese citizens who joined the self-proclaimed caliphate, which controls swathes of Syria and Iraq, were students and some were dual-nationals, he said.

Osman said the figure of 70 Sudanese recruits was low compared with those from some European nations and showed the North African country was opposed to the militant group.

Sudan has been under U.S. sanctions since 1997 because of alleged sponsorship of terrorism. Al-Qaeda’s founder, Osama bin Laden, lived in Khartoum in the early 1990s.

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