(CNN)Sudan will pay a $30 million settlement to the families of 17 US Navy sailors killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in a bid to get itself removed from the United States' list of state sponsors of terrorism, Sudanese officials said.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said the agreement was made "to meet the conditions set by the US administration to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism in order to normalize relations with the United States and the rest of the world."
The bombing was attributed to al Qaeda and foreshadowed the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, less than a year later.
In 2014, a US court concluded that Sudan had provided Qaeda with aid that led to the attack, awarding the families $35 million in compensation.
Negotiations are now underway to come up with a settlement agreement for the victims of the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Sudan's Minister of Information Faisal Mohamed Saleh told CNN.
The settlements could clear the path for Sudan to obtain debt relief. The country is crippled by a dire economy that's prevented its transitional government from tackling fuel shortages and a long-term liquidity crisis.