Thursday 21 September 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/19/17)
The top US envoy in Sudan began Sunday a four-day trip to Darfur to assess security in the war-torn region as the UN prepares to downsize its 17,000-strong peacekeeping force. The visit of Steven Koutsis, Washington's charge d'affaires in Khartoum, also comes just weeks before President Donald Trump's administration decides whether to permanently lift a two-decades old US trade embargo on Sudan. A joint report sent to the UN Security Council last month by the African Union and the United Nations recommends that the ceiling set for military troops be cut by 44 percent and the maximum number of police reduced by 30 percent in the UNAMID force. Ahead of the expected drawdown, Koutsis embarked on a visit to Darfur...
(APA 06/19/17)
Sudan's president Omer Al-Bashair is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia on Monday to support efforts to resolve the recent crisis in the gulf countries, a top government official said Monday. Abrahem Ghandour, the Sudanese foreign minister, told reporters that the president’s visit will last for three days to support the Ameer of Kuwait, Sabah Ahmed Al-Gaber, to settle the gulf countries crisis. Ghandor added that Al_Bashair will meet with the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to seek a solutions for the recent crisis. This is the first visit for the President Bashair to Rayad since the crisis started in the area . Meanwhile a Sudanese newspaper quoted a diplomatic source saying the two leaders will...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/17)
War crimes judges will rule next month on whether South Africa flouted international law when it failed to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2015, wanted on charges of genocide in Darfur. The International Criminal Court "convenes a public hearing on 6 July... for the delivery of its decision," the court said in a statement Friday. The tribunal based in The Hague "invites representatives of South Africa and the prosecutor to attend," it added. Pretoria, at an unprecedented hearing in April, disputed accusations by ICC prosecutors that...
(APA 06/16/17)
Sudan's acting Foreign Minister, Hamid Mumtaz has held intensive talks with the Moroccan Ambassador to Khartoum, Mohamed Ma-al-Ainain to discuss arrangements for the visit in July of 100 businesspersons from Rabat. A statement emanating from Thursday's meeting said preparations on both sides are in high gear ahead of the landmark visit by the tycoons whose presence is expected to trigger more interest in improving trade relations between Sudan and Morocco. The statement said during the visit the Moroccan businesspersons will be part of a series of meetings of the Joint Sudanese - Moroccan Business Council which will look into a number of joint investment projects in important spheres of investment. According to the statement both parties expressed satisfaction over the...
(APA 06/16/17)
The Sudanese government welcomed the report of the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council, which decided to reduce the military component of UNAMID in Darfur, reports said on Friday. The report said the reduction would take place in two six-month periods in the first phase. Eight military battalions would be withdrawn from 16 battalions, with the remainder being withdrawn at the strategic review early next year, along with the reduction of the police and civilian component. "This is a happy and natural development that Sudan has been working on for a long time," Sudan's permanent representative to the United Nations, Omar Dahab, told a meeting of the Security Council at its headquarters in New York on Thursday to review UN...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
The trial of a prominent Sudanese human rights activist accused of spying for foreign embassies opened on Wednesday in Khartoum, as Amnesty International called for his immediate release. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, an engineering professor at the University of Khartoum, was arrested in December by security forces as part of a crackdown on opposition leaders and activists. Prosecutors have accused him and some others of carrying out spying and intelligence activities for foreign embassies in return for money. He is also accused of publishing lies about government forces using chemical weapons, and distorting the image of the state.
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(APA 06/14/17)
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU PSC) has urged the government of Sudan to urgently implement its disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme, in order to disarm all armed militia, movements and civilians. The council’s push came at its 691st meeting held on 12 June 2017 at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, where it adopted a decision on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and the activities of the AU-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). In the council’s communique issued on Wednesday, the AU PSC expressed its deep concern over the widespread proliferation of weapons among internally displaced persons (IDPs), The communique noted the significant decrease of hostilities between the government of Sudan and rebel forces,...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said. "We spent four days in the desert. People died of thirst and the sun in the back of the truck." They finally arrived on the beach at Sabrata, 70 kilometres (45 miles) west of Libya's capital Tripoli, a key departure...
(APA 06/14/17)
A delegation from the Geneva-based International Federation of Football Associations, FIFA, on Tuesday arrived in Khartoum to investigate government interference in elections of the Sudan Football Association, SFA. "We came to the Sudan to get first-hand information about the current crisis in the Sudanese football with the existence of two football associations", the FIFA delegation told reporters. FIFA officials on Wednesday held a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sport, Dr Abdul Karim Musa, in the presence of the current president of the SFA, Dr Mutasim Jaafar, and several members of his group. During the meeting, the minister underlined the need to reach a solution to avert any threat of freezing Sudan football activities. It was imperative for the...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who was supposed to drive him and three women across Nigeria's northern border, was arrested on suspicion of people smuggling. "His house had been under surveillance," explains the 38-year-old electrician in Kano's bustling Sabon Gari district. "The movement of the three...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
At least 279 people have died and thousands sickened in Sudan from suspected acute diarrhoea since August, UN agencies said Monday, raising health concerns in the country ahead of the rainy season. About 87 percent of those affected are children aged five and above from across 11 states including Khartoum, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Office (OCHA), said in its latest bulletin.
(RFI(EN) 06/12/17)
Contrary to media reports, Abdel Wahid Al Nur, the head of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement- Al Nur faction (SLM-AW) told RFI on Tuesday that his group is not in Khartoum, nor are they in peace negotiations with the government. “Since Abuja in 2006 until today, we never met with the Khartoum government,” said Nur via telephone. “They get this rumor and this information in order to [give the] impression they are making peace,” he said. “They are trying to make peace in order that US sanctions will be lifted for them for trying to make peace. They are lying,” he added. The Sudanese government called for the armed groups in Darfur to put down their weapons and return to...
(APA 06/12/17)
The US Charge d'affaires in Khartoum, Stephen Kotsis, discussed with Sudanese undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Abdul Ghani Al-Naeem the East African country's efforts to restore security and stability in southern Sudan. The two countries' views coincided with the importance of supporting the peace efforts, reaching a ceasefire and the comprehensive solution, and supporting the efforts of IGAD to restore security and stability in the south, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Gareebullah Kheddir, on Monday. Kotsis expressed appreciation for the Sudan's efforts to stop the war, fighting and contributing to humanitarian aid in S/Sudan, according to a spokesman for the Sudanese Foreign Ministry. Sudanese President Omar Al-Beshir is due to fly to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday for the extraordinary...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe. The idea is to team up African nations willing to reform with private investors who would bring business and jobs to a continent where instability or graft often scare off foreign companies. Merkel is hosting the initiative as part of Germany's presidency of the Group of 20 powerful economies, whose leaders meet in the northern port of Hamburg a month later. Invited to Berlin are Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast...
(APA 06/12/17)
The United States has announced a 1.5 million dollars support for the demining programme in Sudan at a donors' and non-governmental organizations meeting on demining organized by the permanent mission of Sudan in Geneva on Saturday. Sudan has previously complained weak external funding as a challenge in carrying out the activity. Sudan’s permanent representative in Geneva, Mustafa Osman Ismail, said they are working to provide a safe environment and development in areas affected by mines and wars. According to the Sudan News Agency, the chairman of the Committee on Assistance and Cooperation of the Conference of the States Parties to the Mine Action Convention, called "Sachi", praised the level of information provided, as reflective of the extent of the commitment...
(APA 06/12/17)
Sudan president Oumar Al-bashir is scheduled to fly on Monday to Ethiopia to participate in Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meetings, according to a top government offical. The IGAD meeting on South Sudan will take place on Monday in Addis Ababa, said Abdul Ghani Al Neim, undersecretary of Sudan's foreign ministry. The official has stressed in a statement that the participation of Al-bashair in the summit reflects the particular attention the president placed on the situation in South Sudan and his continued efforts to end the war and achieve peace and stability.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as many girls in East Africa and three times as many in Central Africa completed secondary education in 2014 as in 2005, according to the annual African Economic Outlook report, which was published at the end of last month. Yet more...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the platform aims to galvanize their contributions to building and sustaining peace, improving political processes and driving social change, and realizing the U.N. global goals, according to U.N. Women. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted in 2015, include targets on...
(AFP (eng) 06/06/17)
Sudan on Monday offered to launch "reconciliation" efforts between Qatar and its neighbouring Gulf Arab countries that have cut diplomatic ties with Doha after accusing it of supporting extremism. Arab nations Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Yemen announced earlier Monday that they were cutting all ties with Qatar, triggering the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years. Expressing its "deep concern", the Sudanese foreign ministry urged the leaders of these countries to stay calm and resolve the crisis. "Sudan is fully ready to undertake all efforts in order to achieve calm and reconciliation that would help serve the interests of the people of the region," the ministry said in a statement. "Sudan calls on...

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