Monday 23 October 2017
(Middle East Monitor 09/26/17)
Khartoum entered discussions with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) yesterday about the completion of the first Sudanese nuclear plant which will receive technical support from the international organisation. “A delegation from the General Directorate of Nuclear Generation of the Sudanese Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity met in Vienna with officials of the technical projects of the IAEA,” the official Sudanese news agency SUNA said. According to SUNA, the meeting was attended by the Director General of the Sudanese Atomic Energy Commission, Abdelilah Musa, and the Secretary General of the National Radiological Control Agency, Mohamed El Hassan Abu-Udnin. “Sudan is progressing well in building the manpower abilities, the governing of technical institutions, and the legal and legislative frameworks...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(AFP (eng) 09/25/17)
Sudan vowed Monday to step up efforts to normalise relations with the United States after Washington dropped the country from a list of countries facing a US travel ban. President Donald Trump decided to remove Sudan from the list just days ahead of an October 12 decision on whether to permanently lift decades-old US sanctions on Khartoum. The decision was "a positive development in the two countries' bilateral relations", the Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement. It was a result of a "clear and long dialogue" and growing cooperation between the two countries in regional and international issues, the ministry said. "The government of Sudan will carry out more efforts to remove all obstacles to a full normalisation of...
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Sudanese government's plant to collect arms from local residents and armed groups in Darfur has gained initial results, officials have said. The plan, launched in August, is designed to eliminate one of the main causes of instability in the war-torn region. The government plan includes two phases: the first is providing financial compensation for each piece surrendered voluntarily by the citizens, armed groups and irregular military groups; the second is implementing a compulsory law that includes punishment to the violators. No doubt, many obstacles still exist to the implementation of the plan. Owning weapons is part of the culture and tradition for Darfur residents
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday removed Sudan from a renewed travel ban imposed last March originally on six Muslim-majority countries. The lift takes places two weeks before a decision on the permanent revocation of economic sanctions on Sudan that many expect on 12 October. No official statement on Sudan removal of the new restrictions but the Washington Post reported that officials in Washington pointed to Khartoum cooperation on counterterrorism. "Sudan fell off the travel ban list issued at the beginning of the year. Senior administration officials said a review of Sudan’s cooperation with the U.S. government on national security and information-sharing showed it was appropriate to remove them from the list," reads the Washington Post. In January 2017, President Trump...
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
The hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Sunday said the tripartite coordination mechanism on the Mission has approved the establishment of a temporary operating base in Golo, Jebel Mara. The UN Security Council last June asked the Secretary-General to report on the Sudanese government “flexibility to open and close UNAMlD operating bases as necessary, including the establishment of a temporary operating base in Golo”. In a brief statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Sunday, UNAMID said the tripartite mechanism including representatives from the Sudanese government, UN and the African Union has met in New York on Friday. “During the meeting, the representatives of the Government of Sudan, The United Nations and the African Union agreed to resolve outstanding issues on...
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
South Sudan’s former army chief, Paul Malong Awan says he does not have problems with President Salva Kiir, attributing his sacking and current detention to the pressure being exerted on the latter. “There is no personal problem between me and president Salva. What happened [was] he [Kiir] was under pressure and so he implemented what others wanted”, he told Sudan Tribune on Sunday. The former army chief, who was axed in May, claimed president Kiir was being pushed to treat him in a manner likely to cause reactions. “They know our relations and so they are not happy and they have been trying all along to cause this situation. I told the president several times about the activities of these...
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
The number of South Sudanese refugees currently living in Sudan’s White Nile state has reached 143,800, the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) announced on Sunday. "The number of South Sudanese refugees in the camps of White Nile State reached 143,800," said Abdul-Qawi Hamid, the Humanitarian Aid Commissioner in the state. "The national organizations and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are distributing food shares in a regular manner at all waiting stations," he added. Over 2 million South Sudanese refugees have been displaced as a result of the conflict that hit the world’s youngest nation in mid-December 2013. According to the official, more South Sudanese refugees are expected in the coming months due to continued security issues in South Sudan...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/17)
A court in Sudan on Sunday sentenced a university student to death after convicting him of killing a policeman during protests in the capital last year, a defence lawyer said. Asim Omer, who was studying at Khartoum University, was arrested in December 2016 and charged with killing the policeman after hundreds of students clashed with security forces at the campus on the banks of the Blue Nile in April of that year. Last month, the court found Omer guilty, and on Sunday sentenced him to be hanged. "The judge sentenced Asim Omer to be hanged to death after finding him guilty of killing a policeman," defence lawyer Mohamed Arabi told AFP, adding that he would appeal. After sentencing, during which...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/23/17)
At least three people were killed and more than 20 wounded when Sudanese troops clashed at a South Darfur refugee camp with displaced people protesting against a visit by President Omar Al-Bashir, the United Nations mission said on Friday. The United Nations said clashes erupted when troops dispersed protesters as Bashir visited the Shatia area, where the government has been accused of ethnic cleansing, in his first trip there since the conflict in Darfur war broke out in 2003. Bashir traveled to Darfur to show progress before a U.S. decision in October on lifting sanctions in return for Sudan meeting conditions, including resolving conflicts and improving humanitarian efforts on the ground. At least three displaced people were killed and 26...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Clashes between Sudanese forces and residents of a Darfur camp for the displaced killed three people Friday, the UN said, as President Omar al-Bashir urged reconciliation in the war-torn region. Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on genocide and war crimes charges related to the Darfur conflict, is touring the region ahead of a US decision next month on whether to permanently lift a decades-old trade embargo on Sudan. On Friday, residents of Camp Kalma in South Darfur protesting against Bashir's visit clashed...
(Middle East Monitor 09/22/17)
Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Wednesday to work against the US sanctions imposed on the two neighbouring countries, the official news agency SUNA reported South Sudan’s oil minister told a joint news conference in Khartoum with Sudan’s investment minister, Mubarak Al-Fadil, that the two countries have agreed to increase oil production and open all border crossing points to improve the flow of goods and trade and to settle outstanding debts. We have agreed as two countries to make sure that we work together in line with the cooperation agreement signed in 2012 … to make sure that the sanctions are lifted on our countries Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said.
(Middle East Monitor 09/22/17)
A delegation from the US Congress, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, began an official visit to Sudan as America prepares to lift economic sanctions imposed on Khartoum for nearly 20 years. The US delegation met with Sudanese First Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh and discussed joint security efforts. The Sudanese Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning also discussed with the US Congressman and the accompanying US embassy delegation the arrangements after 12 October when the United States is expected to announce the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. The Sudanese Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omar discussed with the US Congress delegation the possible contribution of the two legislative institutions to normalisng relations. He presented to the...
(Sudan News Agency 09/22/17)
The President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer al-Bashir has sent a congratulatory message to his Angolan counterpart, Mr. Joao Lorenzo, the President of the Republic of Angola, on his election as President of his country. The President of the Republic expressed his sincere congratulations to President Lorenzo, and his wished him success and for the Angolan people for further progress and prosperity. He expressed aspiration for further joint work to promote bilateral relations in all fields.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday pressed on with a government campaign to collect arms from tribes in war-torn Darfur where a devastating conflict has killed thousands and displaced millions. Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur, is touring the region ahead of a US decision on October 12 on whether to permanently lift a decades-old trade embargo on Sudan. "We are asking people to surrender their arms voluntarily... some are giving up their weapons but others are keeping them," Bashir said at a rally in West Darfur. "Very soon we will come and take away these arms that are not surrendered." Darfur, a region of the...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir urged on Thursday the citizens of Darfur region to voluntarily surrender their weapons to the government before the government begins collecting them forcibly. "The talk about arms collection is serious, and any person who has a gun, it is better for him to hand it over. Anybody who is hiding a firearm, he must voluntarily bring it to the government," said al-Bashir when addressing a people's gathering in Nyala, capital of South Darfur State. "This is the first phase for the voluntary collection of arms. We insist that the guns should be in the hand of the government only and that it will not be used but for the protection and security of the citizens and...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the war-torn Darfur region on Tuesday in an effort to show his country is ready to have 20-year-old sanctions lifted by the United States just weeks before Washington is expected to issue a decision. In July the Trump administration postponed for three months the decision to permanently lift sanctions, setting Oct. 12 as a deadline for Sudan to meet conditions, including resolving conflicts and stepping up its humanitarian efforts. Conflict in Darfur began in 2003 when mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against Sudan’s Arab-led government. A joint African Union-U.N. peacekeeping operation, known as UNAMID, has been on the ground for the past decade. Fighting between the army and rebels in the southern Kordofan and...

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