| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
The United Nations envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, will visit Khartoum on Sunday for talks on the conflict in the North African country, the Sudanese foreign ministry said. Kobler, on his first visit to Sudan, is expected to meet Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and other senior officials in Khartoum. "He will discuss efforts made by Arab League and African Union to solve the Libyan crisis," the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Ghandour will also attend a May 8 conference in Nigeria drawing Libya's neighbours, it said. Libya has fallen into crisis since the 2011 killing of longtime strongman Moamer Kadhafi, with dozens of armed factions battling for control of the oil-rich...
(Sudan Tribune 04/27/17)
Sudanese Presidential Assistant Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid Wednesday said the government of national concord will be announced next week pointing that two political hasn’t yet handed over lists of their candidates. Speaking at a press conference in Khartoum Wednesday, Hamid said the number of ministries in the upcoming government will not exceed 31, pointing the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) would give up a number of his ministries to the political parties participating in the national dialogue. He stressed the current presidency, parliament speaker and states’ governors wouldn’t be impacted
(Sudan News Agency 04/26/17)
President of the Republic and Chairman of the National Congress, received Tuesday at the Guest House the visiting leader of the ruling party in Ghana, Hon Faridi, and discussed ways of strengthening the relations between the two countries. Present at the meeting was Deputy Chairman of the National Congress for the Party's Affairs, Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid. In a press statement after the meeting, Engineer Hamid said that the meeting comes in the context of the distinguished relations between Sudan...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/25/17)
Sudan on Monday warned South Sudan to cease its support of rebel groups at war with Khartoum, accusing its president of meeting with rebels last week in a rare public statement from Khartoum's intelligence agency. Sudan regularly accuses its neighbor of backing insurgents in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions that run along its southern border. South Sudan split away from Sudan in 2011 after decades of civil war fueled by ethnic divides and disputes over oil. Monday's statement was exceptional for pinning blame directly on South Sudan's president, potentially suggesting an escalation of tension
(Xinhuanet 04/21/17)
Sudan and Egypt on Thursday agreed to leave their dispute over Halayeb area to be discussed at presidential-level meetings. "We have agreed to discuss Halayeb issue in meetings of the two countries' presidents and to leave the consultations at the leadership level," said Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. He added that the two sides also discussed the issue of armed movements and agreed that both should completely avoid supporting...
(AFP (eng) 04/20/17)
Egypt and Sudan said on Thursday they will not harbour or support opposition groups fighting their respective governments, as top diplomats of the two countries vowed to boost bilateral ties. Relations between neighbours Cairo and Khartoum have been tense, with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accusing Egyptian intelligence services of supporting Sudanese opposition figures fighting his troops. The Egyptian media has also accused Khartoum of offering refuge to members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which was declared a "terrorist group" by Cairo following the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(Sudan News Agency 04/18/17)
Sudan Ambassador to Egypt, Abdul-Mahmoud Abdul-Halim, has welcomed the visit of the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Samih Shukri, next Thursday to Khartoum to participate in meetings of the joint Sudanese - Egyptian consultative committee. Ambassador Abdul-Halim said that the visit of the Egyptian Foreign Minister provides opportunity for exchanging views between the two sides on the political, economic and consular files. He hoped that the upcoming visit of the Egyptian Foreign Minister will result in calming down the situation and reactivating...
(AFP (eng) 04/07/17)
South Africa will on Friday seek to defend its failure to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted on charges of genocide, at an unprecedented hearing before international war crimes judges. It will be a humbling moment for Pretoria, one of the leading voices in the creation of the International Criminal Court, whose lawyers will be fending off accusations that it failed in its obligations to the tribunal. To the frustration of the ICC's prosecutors, Bashir remains in...
(Radio Dabanga 04/03/17)
The nine resident European Union (EU) Ambassadors in Sudan have welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese government to open an additional overland humanitarian corridor to famine-stricken South Sudan. The first UN convoy using the new corridor, from the city of El Obeid in Sudan to Bentiu in South Sudan on 30 March, is delivering life-saving aid in a timely and cost-effective way. This adds significantly to the humanitarian corridor between Kosti and Renk, which the Governments of Sudan and South...
(AFP (eng) 03/31/17)
Sudan on Friday rejected a new US travel advisory warning Americans against visiting the country, particularly three conflict zones, due to risks of "terrorism and violent crimes". The latest advisory was issued by the State Department on Thursday and posted on the website of the American embassy in Khartoum. It replaces a previous travel warning issued in January 2016. It said "terrorist groups are active in Sudan and have stated their intent to harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings and kidnappings". "Violent crimes targeting Westerners, including kidnappings, armed robberies
(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...
(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...
(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) 03/23/17)
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...
(Sudan Tribune 03/20/17)
The speaker of the Sudanese parliament has disclosed that a U.S. Congressional delegation would visit Sudan this year saying his visit to Washington contributed to raise awareness of U.S Congress about the positive developments on the ground. Ibrahim Ahmed Omer was in Washington last February where he met with a number of U.S. Congressmen known for their support for sanctions on Sudan. The purpose of his visit was to explain his government policy and the government efforts to end the...
(Andalou Agency 03/20/17)
Halayeb and Shalateen region has long been a sore spot in Egypt-Sudan relations. Sudan has formed a panel to look into “diplomatic” means of forcing Egyptians out of a disputed border area. Abdullah al-Sadeq, the head of the Sudanese technical committee for border demarcation, said the panel has met to set the guidelines for its work regarding the disputed Halayeb and Shalateen Triangle. The meeting also tackled “a roadmap about the region and how to force Egyptians out of the...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
Sudan on Wednesday said the European Union (EU) has not fulfilled its commitments to supporting Sudan's efforts to combat illegal immigration and human trafficking. Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has informed a visiting EU delegation of the failure. "The foreign minister reiterated that the EU has not fulfilled its commitments made in Valletta Conference in Malta to support Sudan to combat illegal immigration and human trafficking via controlling its borders with neighboring countries," said Sudan's Foreign Ministry in a statement. On Tuesday, a joint work session was held at the premises of Sudan's foreign ministry between Sudan and Africa's working group at the EU Commission which brings together
(Middle East Monitor 03/09/17)
Sudan’s Finance Minister Badr Al-Din Mahmoud said yesterday that his country has lost nearly $45 billion as a result of the US sanctions imposed on Khartoum. Mahmoud said the US sanctions have impacted the Sudanese economy, citizens’ standard of living and the banking sector. The United States lifted economic sanctions imposed on Sudan in January last year. The minister stressed that the banks have lost a significant portion of their profits while foreign banks stopped dealing with them for fear...

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