Thursday 21 September 2017
(APA 07/03/17)
Sudan’s President Omar Bashir on Sunday has extended ceasefire for 4 months in Darfur and Blue Nile and south Kordfan where rebels have been fighting the government forces for many years. The president decree comes a week ahead of the American president Donald Trump is preparing to decide whether to left or maintain the 20 –year American sanctions on Sudan which were imposed for reasons including the conflict of Darfur , Sudan"s human right records, and sponsoring international terrorism. However, the Decree has extended the ceasefire on all military operation scenes, starting from 2nd of July 2017 and ending on 31th October In a statement , the president said the decision " within the context of implementing the outcome and...
(APA 07/03/17)
Meetings of the Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC) between South Sudan and Sudan scheduled to be held in Juba shortly after Eid Al Fitr, was postponed due to logistical reasons, a South Sudanese official said. Mawien Makol Ariik, the foreign affairs ministry spokesman, on Monday announced for the second time the delay of security meetings to discuss pending issues between the two countries and allegations of rebel support on both sides, rather than using the media to blame each other. Mr Mawien told reporter that a new date will be fixed for the talks later on. South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July, 2011, following a referendum held in January of that year.
(APA 07/03/17)
Foreign Ministers of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troop contributing countries on Monday met on the sidelines of the 29th AU Summit in Addis Ababa for a briefing on the joint AU-UN AMISOM review that involves financing a regional force. Early this year, troop contributing countries to the AMISOM were raising concerns over delayed financial and logistical support to the forces meant to stabilize the Horn of Africa country. The meeting dwells on resolving lack of resources AMISOM is facing which will force it to withdraw earlier than expected, and if this is to happen AMISOM has to draw its own exit strategy, a statement from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said The ministry said the foreign ministers...
(AFP (eng) 07/01/17)
Sudan insisted on Saturday that it respected media and religious freedoms after the United States said it was "very concerned" about Khartoum's human rights record. Washington raised its concerns just two weeks before President Donald Trump is due to decide whether to permanently lift a 20-year-old US trade embargo on Khartoum. "Sudan enjoys freedom of press with more than 30 newspapers supporting government as well as opposition views published daily," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "Sudan also enjoys...
(AFP (eng) 07/01/17)
The UN Security Council's decision to cut peacekeepers in Darfur shows the conflict in Sudan's war-torn region is a "closed chapter", the foreign ministry said on Friday. The council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution that will reduce the number of troops and police serving in the joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur known as UNAMID by at least 30 percent. Deployed in 2007, UNAMID has about 16,000 blue helmets on the ground who are tasked with protecting civilians in the war between Sudanese government forces and ethnic minority rebel groups that erupted in 2003. "The ministry of foreign affairs welcomes the cut in UNAMID mission," a statement said. "The UN Security Council resolution confirms that Darfur is now a...
(AFP (eng) 06/30/17)
The United States remains "very concerned" about Sudan's human rights record given the restrictions on religious and media freedoms in the country, the US embassy in Khartoum said. The statement posted on the embassy's Facebook page on Thursday comes ahead of a decision by President Donald Trump on July 12 on whether to permanently lift Washington's 20-year-old trade embargo on Khartoum. "The United States remains very concerned about Sudan's human rights record, including the continued closing of political space, and restrictions on religious freedom, freedom of expression, including press freedom," the embassy said. The protection of human rights is "deeply intertwined with peace and security," it said, adding that the embassy...
(APA 06/30/17)
The Federation of Football association FIFA has decided to suspend activities of football in Sudan following government interference in election of Sudan Football association (SFA), reports said on Friday. There was fear that Sudan football would be suspended after a group backed by Government and led by a Former Sudan's Defense minister Abdo AL Rahman Ser-Alkhatem was declared a winner of SFA, despite an ordered by FIFA to Suspend the The Elections for six months following fears of political interference. One month later it was reported police officers with an order from Sudan’s ministry of Justice evacuated the main building of SFA and chased the original Heads before handing it over to the government group. According to a letter sent...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Suspected acute diarrhoea has killed 38 Sudanese in the past month and 317 since August 2016, the UN said Wednesday, warning the outbreak could worsen ahead of the rainy season. The UN children's agency -- or UNICEF -- said cases of suspected acute diarrhoea were reported across 12 of the North African country's 18 states during this period. "Over 16,600 cases of acute watery diarrhoea in the past 10 months alone were reported with 317 deaths, which is a rate double than the alert level," UNICEF said, raising a previous death toll of 279 reported by UN agencies in late May. The central state of White Nile was the most affected, UNICEF said in a statement, with more than 5,800...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Sudan expressed hopes on Tuesday that a US court's decision to partially reinstate a travel ban that includes its citizens will not harm its bid to have American sanctions lifted. The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated President Donald Trump's travel ban imposing restrictions on citizens from Sudan, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria. The ruling comes just weeks ahead of an expected decision by Trump on whether to permanently lift the United States' 20-year-old trade embargo on the North African country. "Sudan hopes the decision on sanctions should not be impacted by this latest decision," senior foreign ministry official Abdelghani Elnaim said in a statement. Elnaim said Khartoum had made "progress" on meeting conditions for Washington to permanently...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday. The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has put it out of reach for most struggling with the disease in Africa. "The generic DTG has two advantages: on the one hand, it is very good from a pharmaceutical point of view. On the other hand, it is much cheaper," said Robert Matiru of Unitaid, which works to reduce the costs of medicines treating AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. He described the drug as "the...
(APA 06/23/17)
Sudanese First Vice President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih has discussed the lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan with U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Steven Koutsis. The meeting took place on Thursday night in presidential office in Khartoum, after a three-day visit by the American diplomat to three states in the western Sudan region of Darfur, where he inspected the humanitarian situation of the internally displaced civilians and South Sudanese refugees. In a report by the official news agency SUNA, Koutsis said he briefed the first vice president on his visit to Darfur, and discussed with him bilateral relations. "The meeting touched on Sudanese-US relations, especially the lifting of the US sanctions on Sudan," Koutsis confirmed. The U.S diplomat added...
(APA 06/23/17)
The opposition Sudanese Communist Party rejected the decision to reduce the African Union-United Nations (UNAMID) mission in Darfur. The party warned against a breakdown of the security situation after the withdrawal of UNAMID before completing its tasks in the protection of unarmed civilians in the troubled region. "Despite the Sudanese Communist Party's reservations about the presence of any foreign forces in our country, the dangers facing the people of Darfur in their lives and the security of their communities have made it necessary for the party to approve the deployment of UNAMID in the hope that this force will contribute to stopping violence and protecting the lives of citizens," Central Committee of the Party said in Statement on Thursday. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation. “Living in a refugee camp is a constant struggle. You either stick to health rules or contract diseases,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
A Sudanese military helicopter has crashed in Northern State, killing all four crew members on board, the army said on Wednesday, in the latest accident to hit its ageing fleet. The Russian-built Mi-17 helicopter crashed late on Tuesday due to "bad weather" in state capital Dongola, army spokesman Brigadier Ahmed Khalifa Shami said in a statement. "All four crew members on board were martyred." Sudan's fleet of Russian-manufactured aircraft has suffered several crashes in recent years, with the military frequently blaming technical problems and bad weather. In April 2016, a Soviet-era Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed while landing in El Obeid, capital of North Kordofan state. All five crew members on board were killed. In June 2013, two air force...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Sudanese authorities on Tuesday brought home from Libya eight children, including a one-year-old, whose parents are allegedly members of the Islamic State group. The children were flown into Khartoum from the Libyan capital Tripoli, an AFP correspondent said. "Thanks be to Allah, today eight children," were brought back from Libya, Brigadier Tijani Ibrahim of Sudan's powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NSS) told reporters. Six of the children will be handed over to relatives while the state will take care of the other two because authorities could not find any next of kin, he said.
(APA 06/21/17)
Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir has on Tuesday met King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia at Safa Palace in Riyadh to discuss the Gulf crisis, according to Sudan’s foreign ministry. Al-Bashir’s visit came after Saudi Aria, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt decided to severe diplomatic ties with Qatar that they accused of supporting regional terror groups. Qatar, which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is home to some 10,000 American troops, criticized the move as a "violation of its sovereignty." Qatar long has denied supporting militant groups and described the crisis as being fueled by "absolute fabrications" stemming from a recent hack of its state-run news agency. Saudi Arabia has since closed its land border with Qatar, through...
(APA 06/21/17)
Sudanese foreign ministry on Tuesday has agreed to represent the interests of Yemen in Qatar after diplomatic relations between the two countries were cut earlier this month. "Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has received a message from his Yemeni counterpart (...) including a request that Sudan takes on the role of ‘protecting power’, looking after the interests of the Yemen in Qatar," said a statement issued by Sudan foreign ministry. Ghandour expressed Sudan’s acceptance of the request based on the strong ties between the Sudanese and Yemeni peoples. It added
(APA 06/21/17)
A Sudanese military helicopter has crashed in northern Sudan, killing all four crew members, the Sudanese army said on Wednesday. The Mi-17 helicopter crashed on Tuesday night after taking-off on an official mission from Dongola town to Al-Daba town in northern Sudan, Sudanese army spokesman Ahmed Khalifa Al-Shami said in a statement. There were no survivors from the crash, the statement said, without disclosing the identities of the victims. It blamed “bad weather conditions” for the incident.
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including Saudi-born Salafism and Wahhabism, form the ideological bedrock for most terror groups. According to a study by Leif Wenar of King’s College London based on the Global Terrorism Database, three out of four terror attacks in the last 10 years...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/17)
The top US envoy in Sudan pushed Monday for more access to deliver humanitarian aid to Golo as he visited the former rebel stronghold in war-torn Darfur under tight security. US charge d'affaires Steven Koutsis was in Golo as part of a tour to assess the security situation in Darfur as the United Nations prepares to downsize its 17,000-strong peacekeeping force. Koutsis's visit to the town surrounded by the thickly forested mountains of Jebel Marra comes weeks before President Donald Trump's administration decides whether to permanently lift a two-decades old US trade embargo on Sudan. "Golo is a strategic area for providing humanitarian assistance," he told officials and security officers he met in a tightly secured building, an AFP correspondent...

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