Saturday 27 May 2017
(Middle East Monitor 03/30/17)
Officials from Sudan and Venezuela have held meetings today to discuss plans for Venezuela to invest in the African state’s gas and oil industry. The talks were part of a political consultation process and were held at the foreign ministry in Khartoum. The visiting delegation led by the Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister, Renaldo Bolivar, discussed investment opportunities in oil and gas production fields, gas processing, the establishment of refineries, deposits and petroleum utilities as well as oil pipelines and derivatives. The meeting comes as Venezuela’s economic crisis continues to deepen and Sudan continues its attempts to recover from the 75 per cent oil revenue loss
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
Sudan on Tuesday condemned the terrorist plot which targeted assassination of important figures and carrying out terrorist acts in the Kingdom of Bahrain. "Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses condemnation of the terrorist plot which targeted on March 26 the assassination of important figures and carrying out terrorist acts with the aim to destabilize the security of the Kingdom of Bahrain," said Sudan's Foreign Ministry in a statement Tuesday. "Condemning this foiled terrorist attempt, the ministry commends the alert of the Bahraini security," it said, reiterating Sudan's support for the government of Bahrain and its efforts to protect the security and stability of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the safety of its people. Last Sunday, the Bahraini Interior Ministry announced...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The African Union (AU) is extremely appalled by the attacks against African students in Noida and other cities in India. The pan-African bloc has deplored the violence unleashed during the riot that started on Monday targeting Africans of various nationalities, particularly Nigerians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives and serious injuries, the AU said in a statement. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many Africans from their normal places of residence, thereby putting their lives in serious danger, it said. AU has expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the deceased; and it wished speedy recovery to all those who have sustained injuries. AU has called on the Indian authorities to provide all necessary support to...
(AFP (eng) 03/29/17)
More than 60,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan in the first three months of 2017, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday, fleeing famine and war in the world's youngest nation. South Sudan, formed after splitting from the north in 2011, has declared a famine in parts of the country where 100,000 people are said to be facing starvation. The UN refugee agency UNHCR was initially expecting 60,000 South Sudanese refugees to arrive in Sudan in the whole of 2017, but that figure has already been exceeded in the first three months. "The number of new arrivals has surpassed expectations, signalling a likely worsening situation in South Sudan," it said in a statement. UNHCR anticipates a continuous influx of South...
(AfricaNews 03/28/17)
Sudan is working with Chadian and French authorities on the case of a French citizen who was kidnapped in Chad and taken into Sudan, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told state news agency SUNA on Sunday. An unidentified Frenchman was kidnapped on Thursday south of Abeche, a mining area about 800 km (500 miles) east of Chad’s capital N’Djamena and 150 km from the border with Sudan. There were no immediate reports of any group claiming responsibility or making demands. A senior Chadian security source said on Friday the man had been taken into Sudan. “The Foreign Ministry and relevant agencies received a message from the Sudanese embassy in N’Djamena on the French hostage and the case is being followed closely...
(Sudan Tribune 03/28/17)
The Sudanese government on Monday said that the recent rift within the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) will negatively affect the negotiation and the peace process. While the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) led by Gibril Ibrahim urged its allies to overcome the crisis. Last Saturday, the Nuba Mountains Liberation Council, an SPLM-N political body in the South Kordofan announced its support of al-Hilu’s demand for self-determination and relieved Arman from his position as secretary-general and chief negotiator. SPLM-N deputy chairman Abel Aziz al-Hilu earlier this month resigned from his position saying the secretary-general Yasir Arman disregarded his demand to include the self-determination in the agenda of peace negotiations. "The (SPLM-N’s) split into two factions would negatively affect...
(Sudan Tribune 03/28/17)
Eastern Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the body that mediated South Sudan 2015 shaky peace agreement, has condemned "proliferation of armed groups" in the country and confirmed President Salva Kiir’s intention to declare a unilateral ceasefire. A communique issued in Nairobi late on Monday at the sideline meeting said IGAD head of states and governments "Condemned the proliferation of armed groups in South Sudan; and called on all armed groups to renounce violence as a means of solving the problems of South Sudan." It added in the statement both sides to the conflict should stop the war. "In response to this call, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan agreed to announce a unilateral ceasefire and grant amnesty...
(Sudan Tribune 03/28/17)
Sudanese authorities have arrested 20 students from Darfur region following a sit-in to protest the rejection of Al-Azhari University to exonerate Darfurians from tuition fees. The opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), in a statement issued Monday, said that five female students and the general-secretary of Darfur Student League Abel Rahman Kakoom were among the detainees. The SCP further said the student decided to stage the protest following the university decision to request Darfur students to pay the tuition fees. The anti-riot police cordoned off access to Al-Azhari University in Khartoum for the second day despite the fact that the students have organised a peaceful protest based on a presidential decision to exonerate Darfur students from the fees. In December 2016,...
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
The World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling disease. The U.N. agencies report more than 190,000 volunteers, traveling on foot or bicycle, will go house to house across all cities, towns, and villages in 13 countries to vaccinate every child under age five against polio. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest ever conducted in Africa, will run from March 25-28. Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization Michel Zaffran...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
Sudanese security agents have launched a search for an abducted Frenchman after a Chadian minister reported that he was being held in the neighbouring country, Khartoum said on Sunday. Chadian Security Minister Ahmat Mahamat Bachir said on Friday that a French mining worker who was kidnapped in Chad was now in Sudan. Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and the military intelligence had launched an operation to find him. "They all are working to find the French hostage and return him to his homeland," Ghandour told the official SUNA news agency.
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
President Omar al-Bashir will attend an Arab League summit in Amman this week, Sudan's foreign minister said Sunday, despite a top rights group urging Jordan to deny him entry. Bashir is wanted by The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged genocide and war crimes related to the conflict in war-torn Darfur. "President Omar al-Bashir will participate in the Arab summit in spite of his hectic schedule," Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told the official SUNA news agency. Ghandour said Bashir was attending the Arab League's annual summit as Jordan's King Abdullah II insisted that he come. "President Bashir has never fled from ICC, and he will continue executing his responsibilities," Ghandour said. New York-based Human Rights Watch has called...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
Sudan said Sunday it will open a "humanitarian corridor" for delivering food aid to thousands of people suffering from famine in South Sudan, which split from the north in 2011. South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, has declared famine in parts of Unity State, saying 100,000 people face starvation and another million are on the brink of famine. "The government of Sudan has agreed to open a humanitarian corridor for delivering aid to people affected by famine in Unity State and Bahr El Ghazal," the Sudanese Humanitarian Commission said in a statement. The corridor will be used to deliver aid from the town of El-Obeid in central Sudan to Bentiu, a town in famine-struck Unity State, it said, adding that...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
Sudan said Sunday it will begin this week a joint air force drill with Saudi Arabia, the first such manoeuvres since Khartoum allied with Riyadh after breaking ties with Tehran in 2015. The exercises will be held from March 29 until April 12 in Meroe, north of Khartoum, and will involve hundreds of air force personnel from both countries. For years, the Islamist regime in Khartoum maintained close relations with Iran, but as sectarian divisions in the region were sharpened by the conflict in Syria, Khartoum allied with Riyadh. In 2015 it announced it would take part in a Saudi-led military intervention in nearby Yemen against Iran-backed rebels. The air drills are aimed at improving the operational capacities of the...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
There is need for China and its African allies to kick start a new dialogue aimed at revitalizing wildlife and ecological conservation in the world's second largest continent, a conservationist has told Xinhua in an interview. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), told Xinhua that Beijing is an indispensable partner in efforts to protect Africa's iconic wildlife species that are grappling with human and climatic induced threats to their survival. "China is playing a big role in Africa's economic development and would like to see it direct more support towards protection of wildlife and vital ecosystems in the continent," Sebunya said. Sebunya noted that China's growing economic and diplomat clout place it at a vantage position to help...
(Voice of America 03/25/17)
Sudan has been elected to the deputy chairmanship of the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The move concerns some analysts, who point to a September report released by Amnesty International that accuses Sudan's government of using chemical weapons against people in Darfur's Jebel Marra region from January to August 2016. The report alleged that as many as 250 people, including children, might have died as a result of chemical attacks, and hundreds more were injured. In September, the OPCW released a statement that it was aware of the report and would "certainly examine the reports and all other available relevant information."
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and South Sudan Ambassador in Khartoum Mayan Dot on Thursday reviewed arrangements relating to visit of South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit to Sudan. "Foreign Minister Ghandour and Ambassador Mayan reviewed arrangements relating to visit of President Salva Kiir to Khartoum," said Sudan's Foreign Ministry in a press release Thursday, without fixing a date for the visit. The meeting also reviewed cooperation between the two countries and speeding up implementation of outcome of recent meetings of the joint political and security committee besides the communication program between the two countries' oil ministries, it said.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/24/17)
A Frenchman was kidnapped in Chad in a remote region near the border with Sudan’s Darfur region early on Thursday, France’s foreign ministry said. The man was kidnapped south of Abeche, a mining area about 800 km (500 miles) east of the capital N’Djamena, a French military source told Reuters. There were no immediate reports of any group claiming responsibility or making demands in the area crossed by nomadic groups and rebels fighting the Sudanese government over the border in Darfur. A source close to the matter said officials were leaning toward a criminal act rather than linking it to militancy.
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive regional approach. "It is hoped that such an approach, developed in the spirit of the New York Declaration, will support countries and communities that host Somali refugees in improving asylum space, integrated access to services, inclusive economic opportunities...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly bludgeoned to death before being skinned in backyards and clandestine slaughterhouses. Around Mogosani village, in South Africa's North West province, residents say syndicates catch the animals in grazing fields and pens. Soon after, skinned carcasses with hooves chopped off are...

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