Sunday 25 June 2017
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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.
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Sudan on Monday expressed concern over decision by some Arab countries to sever their ties with Qatar, calling for stoppage of escalation. The Foreign Ministry would like to express its deep concern over this unfortunate development among sisterly Arab countries which are dear to the hearts of the Sudanese people and the entire Arab nation," said Sudan's Foreign Ministry in a statement on Monday. "Sudan, based on its role dictated by bonds of religion, blood and common history, calls for...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(AFP (eng) 06/02/17)
The United States and key world powers on Thursday urged Khartoum and a rebel group to end a renewed bout of fighting that has erupted in Sudan's war-torn Darfur after months of relative calm. The fighting in East and North Darfur states comes just weeks before Washington formally decides on whether to lift decades old trade sanctions imposed on Khartoum. The United States, Britain and Norway, the so-called troika of powers on Sudan, and the resident European Union embassies in...
(AfricaNews 05/29/17)
Sudanese foreign minister has cancelled a vital trip to Egypt following accusations by President Omar al-Bashir that Egypt is arming rebel groups to topple his government. “We told our brothers in Egypt about the postponement of the visit due to internal issues and it would take place later,” Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said in a statement on Sunday ahead of the May 31 trip that is meant to ease tensions between the neighbouring states. In a speech to Sudanese military personnel last week, Bashir said the army had seized Egyptian armoured vehicles from rebels in the country’s war-torn southern
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(The East African 05/26/17)
South Sudanese authorities have dismissed claims of supporting rebels in Sudan, fighting to oust President Omar al-Bashir. Information minister Michael Makuei said the accusations by President Bashir against Juba and Egypt were completely false. President Bashir on Tuesday claimed that Juba and Cairo were offering military and logistical support to the Sudanese anti-government factions based in Darfur. He told the media in Khartoum that groups battling government forces, entered the Darfur region through South Sudan and Libya and were well...
(Egypt Independent 05/24/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has resumed his allegations against Egypt, saying that his armed forces seized Egyptian armored vehicles during recent clashes in Darfur that took place last week. On Tuesday, Bashir renewed his accusations against Cairo over backing the rebels there. “We fought along with Egyptians in 1976. We fought for twenty years without being supported with a bullet. The ammunition we bought from them was not working,” Bashir told the army command in Khartoum. However, Egypt denied all the Sudanese accusations through the Foreign Ministry spokesperson who stressed

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