Friday 17 November 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
A reduction in fighting in Sudan's Darfur, where a brutal conflict has killed thousands, prompted the UN to downsize the number of peacekeepers deployed there, a top UN official said Thursday. In June, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that will cut the number of troops and police serving in the joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, by 30 percent despite concerns raised by rights groups and US officials. The United Nations and African Union maintain that the Darfur conflict is winding down and that the mission -- among the costliest with a budget of over $1 billion -- should be trimmed. "The fact is that there is much less fighting in Darfur," John-Pierre Lacroix,...
(Andalou Agency 07/21/17)
US State Department released 2016 Country Report on Terrorism. Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour Thursday has welcomed the U.S. country report on terrorism despite the fact that Sudan remains among the list of countries sponsoring terrorism Ghnadour said it included positive remarks about Sudan. The U.S. State Department on Wednesday released its 2016 Country Reports on Terrorism. ‘’Sudan was designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1993 due to concerns about support to international terrorist groups," the report read. "Notwithstanding this history, countering terrorism is today a national security priority for Sudan, and Sudan is a cooperative partner of the United States on counterterrorism, despite its continued presence on the State Sponsors of Terrorism List." It pointed out that...
(APA 07/21/17)
Sudanese foreign minister Abraheam Ghandour on Friday welcomed the annual report of US State Department which declared that Sudan has improved its cooperation with the US and regional partners to combat terrorism. "It's the first time after 20 years that a clear report came out to indicate that the Sudan's record is free from supporting terrorism", Ghandour said in a press statement. The minister further said the Trump administration has vowed to lift sanctions on Sudan in October, as the communication between Washington and Khartoum continue to normalize their relations. “The United States notes Sudan's improved counterterrorism efforts through enhanced interagency and international cooperation to address the threat from ISIS and other terrorism organizations, and its willingness to pursue counterterrorism...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(APA 07/20/17)
Sudan's president Omer Al-bashair on Wednesday has agreed at a request of the Saudi Arabia's king Salman Bin Abdul-Alziz to resume positive contacts With U.S government until lifting sanctions and removing Sudan from U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries. Last Wednesday Sudan president issued a decree suspending negotiations with U.S. on lifting the 20-year sanction following Donland Trump decision to delay lifting the sanction to three months. The request of the the king Salman Bin Abdul-Alaziz has come during a meeting in Riyadh with Sudan president who has been in a five –day visit to four gulf countries. Saudi's foreign minister described the meeting as "fruitful" and constructive"...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's major central banks are entering an easing cycle as they try to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. Much of southern and eastern Africa is still recovering after an El Niño-related drought wilted crops last year. Poor business confidence in South Africa and foreign exchange restrictions in Nigeria have also hampered growth. "We expect that African monetary policy is entering a widespread and protracted period of policy easing. This will provide a boost to growth," said John Ashbourne, Africa analyst at Capital Economics. Ghana, which agreed a three-year fiscal discipline deal with the International Monetary Fund in exchange for aid in 2015,...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30 million mobile-banking customers, giving them “a very sizeable platform on the continent,” he said. Vodacom’s purchase of the Safaricom stake from U.K. parent company Vodafone Group Plc gives the South African company access to the fast-growing M-Pesa platform, which processed...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as he packed up leftovers at a training event for people who work with refugees, where he had served a menu which included traditional African dishes. "I talk to my family frequently, ask them their needs, and help...
(APA 07/17/17)
Sudan’s president Omer Al-Bashair on Monday has left the country in a 5 –day -visit to four gulf countries including Saudi Arabia and Qatar to Support the efforts of Kuwait ‘s Amair toward solving the recent crisis of Gulf countries. In a statement, Sudan’s foreign minister Abraheam Ghandour, who is accompanying Al-Bashair said, “the visit comes within framework of contact of Sudan and with his brothers as part of presidential diplomacy he used to adopt with leaders of Arab and African regions”. Al-Bashair is scheduled to held a meeting with the president of Emirates, Khalifa Bin Zaayed Al Nahyan, before flying to Riyad where he will meet the king of Saudi Arabia,the custodian of the two Holy Mosques, Mohammed Bin...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Africa is making progress towards the establishment of a trade zone by Oct. 30 that will cover approximately half of the continent's member states. The Common Market for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Director of Trade and Customs, Francis Mangeni, said in a commentary published in the Star Newspaper on Monday that so far 19 of the 26 countries involved have signed the agreement. "Three outstanding annexes had meant the tripartite agreement was not complete and this was advanced by some countries as the reason they could not sign or ratify the agreement. However their adoption represented a milestone in the negotiation, as it removed the last obstacle to signing and ratifying the agreement," Mangeni said. The tripartite free...
(AFP (eng) 07/14/17)
Sudan said Thursday it would press on with efforts to achieve a full lifting of US sanctions against Khartoum, even as it hoped Washington would reverse its decision to extend a decades-old trade embargo. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump prolonged a review period to October 12 before his administration decides whether or not to permanently lift the sanctions imposed in 1997. His predecessor Barack Obama had eased the measures in January, but kept Sudan on review for six months, a period that ended on Wednesday. Trump's order to extend the review period angered his Sudanese counterpart President Omar al-Bashir who ordered Khartoum to halt ongoing talks with Washington over sanctions until October 12. Bashir's National Congress Party also warned...
(AFP (eng) 07/13/17)
Sudan said Thursday it will press on with efforts to achieve a full lifting of US sanctions against Khartoum, even as it hoped Washington would reverse its decision to extend a decades-old trade embargo. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump prolonged a review period to October 12 before his administration decides whether or not to permanently lift the sanctions imposed on Khartoum in 1997. His predecessor Barack Obama had eased the sanctions in January, but kept Sudan on review for six months, a period that ended on Wednesday. Trump's order to extend the review period angered his Sudanese counterpart President Omar al-Bashir who ordered Khartoum to halt ongoing talks with Washington over the sanctions file until October 12. Bashir's National...
(AFP (eng) 07/13/17)
The party of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir said Thursday it would hold the United States responsible for any insecurity in Sudan after Washington extended decades-old sanctions against Khartoum. "The people who took this decision (of extending sanctions) will bear the responsibility of any political or security impact resulting from this decision," the deputy chief of Bashir's National Congress Party said. "This decision will encourage the rebels and armed groups to start their activities and disturb security in Sudan and across the region," Ibrahim Mahmoud said. Bashir on Wednesday suspended talks with Washington aimed at ending the sanctions, a day after US President Donald Trump postponed a decision on whether
(Sudan News Agency 07/13/17)
Foreign Minister Professor Ibrahim Ghandour received a written message from the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. The Australian Foreign Minister expressed in her message her greetings and her looking forward to working to strengthen the bilateral relations between Sudan and Australia after the approval of the opening of a new embassy to Sudan in Australia. It is worth mentioning that Ambassador Ibrahim Awad Al-Baroudi was nominated for the position of Sudan's first Ambassador to Australia. The nomination was accepted by the Australian side. Ambassador Al-Baroudi has paid a farewell to the President of the Republic upon his leave for his duties in Australia. ta
(Sudan News Agency 07/13/17)
The Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, said that the American sanctions have affected the Sudanese citizen, harmed the poorest people in the country, including women and children and violated the right of the Sudanese people for development and getting clean water. At a press conference he held Thursday at the Foreign Ministry, Prof. Ghandour pointed out that the decision of the US administration extending time of the sanctions on Sudan will encourage the armed movements to continue hostilities and obstinacy awaiting overthrow and collapse of the government at any time. He said that the American decision will also lure the armed movements to refuse sitting for peace negotiations and to attempt to achieve a security breakthrough, calling on the wise...
(APA 07/13/17)
Sudan's president Omer Al-Bashir on Wednesday has issued a decree suspending works of a committee formed to negotiate with the U.S government to lift sanctions on Sudan. Sudan was on Saturday waiting for American president Donald Trump to take a decision on lifting the 20-year sanctions on Sudan but, the later issued an executive order delaying his decision for three months. Trump said he wanted more time to determine whether Sudan had enough progress. Meanwhile ,Sudan's foreign minister ,Abraheam Ghandour has expressed regret over the recent American decision to postpone review of the sanctions, saying " the decision was just a repeat of the attitude the Americans have been showing and repeating in a way that there is never an...
(Sudan News Agency 07/13/17)
The Council of Ministers reviewed in its regular meeting Thursday, chaired by the First Vice - President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, a report on the US administration's decision extending the sanctions period until October 12. The report was presented by the Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour. In a press statement, the spokesman of the Council of Ministers, Dr. Omer Mohamed Salih, said that the report stated that all the issued agreed upon by the two parties in the five axes have been accomplished fully by Sudan. He explained that the trade and economic cooperation between Sudan and the United States will continue. Dr. Salih indicated that the suspension decision was not result...
(Sudan News Agency 07/13/17)
Al-Fashir - The Office of Development Services Partners (PDS) in cooperation with the Maamoun Behairi Center for Economic and Social Studies and Research in Africa organized Thursday a training session on enhancement of gender participation in peace and economic activities at the Station of Agricultural Corporation in Al-Fashir. The session targeted the Directors of the Agricultural Research Corporations in Darfur States, the United Nations organizations and the Directors-General of the Ministries of Agriculture and Irrigation. The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Forests in the State of North Darfur Engineer Anwar Ishaq Suleiman stressed the state's concern with the agricultural sector as the production locomotive. He said, during the opening sitting of the training session, that the shortage of food was...
(AFP (eng) 07/12/17)
Sudan voiced regret on Wednesday over a US decision to keep sanctions in place for another three months but expressed hopes the punitive measures will still be lifted soon. US President Donald Trump extended a review period overnight to October 12, 2017 before it makes a decision on whether or not to permanently lift the decades-old sanctions. His predecessor Barack Obama had eased the sanctions in January, but kept Sudan on review for six months, a period that ended on Wednesday. Obama had made the permanent lifting of the sanctions dependent on the North African country's progress in five areas of concern at the end of the review period. In his executive order issued on Tuesday, Trump extended the deadline,...
(Voice of America 07/12/17)
Sudan is asking the United States to permanently scrap 24-year-old sanctions, warning that the country could fall back into war if the sanctions are reapplied. The Obama administration temporarily lifted the sanctions in January, tying their permanent removal to a series of conditions imposed on Sudan, including enhanced counterterrorism cooperation with the U.S., unhindered access for aid groups, and a cessation of conflict between armed groups in Sudan. On Wednesday, the removal of sanctions will become permanent unless the Trump administration decides to reverse its predecessor's decision. Speaking on state radio, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour warned that fighting between the government and rebels — which has killed at least 300,000 people since 2003 — could resume if the U.S...

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