| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(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...
(Middle East Monitor 03/09/17)
Sudan’s foreign ministry said it was disappointed with US President Donald Trump’s revised executive order banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from travelling to the United States. “The foreign ministry expresses its regret and disappointment over the executive order issued by the US president on March 6 that renewed the ban on immigration of citizens from six countries including Sudan to the United States for 90 days,” it said in a statement. Trump signed a revised executive order yesterday banning...
(Xinhuanet 03/08/17)
Sudan government on Wednesday urged the international community to support the peace efforts in Sudan's Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions. Sudan's Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeem on Wednesday held talks with the British envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Christopher Trott, who is currently visiting Sudan. "The Under-Secretary urged the international community to intensify its efforts to support the Sudanese government's serious endeavors to complete peace in Darfur and the two areas," said the foreign ministry in a statement. The Sudanese official further urged the British envoy so that his country would exert effort with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern
(Reuters (Eng) 03/08/17)
South African authorities have been asked to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 7 over the failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir during a visit two years ago, a senior official said on Wednesday. Ayesha Johaar, the acting chief state law adviser, said Pretoria was asked to appear at the Hague-based court for failing to comply with a cooperation request from the tribunal, contrary to the provisions of the treaty establishing the court and which...
(Xinhuanet 03/07/17)
Sudan on Tuesday expressed regret and dismay over decision by U.S. President Donald Trump restricting Sudanese nationals traveling to America. "Sudan's Foreign Ministry expresses its deep regret and dismay over the Executive Order, issued by U.S. President Donald Trump, renewing restriction on traveling of Sudanese citizens to the United State," Gariballah Al Khidir, Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman, told Xinhua. "The decision came at a time when the Sudanese government is combating terrorism," he noted, disclosing that diplomatic contacts by the...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
Sudanese First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh on Thursday took oath as Sudan's Prime Minister. Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Saleh said "the new government will be formed on bases of the outcomes of the national dialogue conference, particularly at this time when our country is making steps toward a political consensus based on the national dialogue results." He stressed that the new government's program would focus on achieving security and stability together with prosperity for the Sudanese people. On Wednesday, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir issued a decision appointing Saleh as Prime Minister. According to the decision, Saleh will hold both posts of First Vice-President and Prime Minister.
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
Despite the appointment of the Sudanese prime minister, it is viewed that great discrepancies endure between ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and political parties and forces regarding formation of the new government. Sudan has reinstated the post of prime minister for the first time in about 28 years, as First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh took oath on Thursday, which earned full consensus of the political forces which participated in the national dialogue conference which concluded its sessions in October last...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday appointed a top aide as prime minister, reinstating a post he had abolished after coming to power in a 1989 coup, an official said. Bakri Hassan Saleh was named prime minister by the executive bureau of Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP). "He will take the oath as prime minister tomorrow," Ibrahim Mahmoud, the NCP's deputy chief, told reporters, adding that Saleh would also hold onto his current post of Sudan's first vice president. Sudanese...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A former army general and top aide to President Omar al-Bashir was sworn in Thursday as Sudan's first prime minister since the post was scrapped in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup. Bakri Hassan Saleh, a military officer involved in the bloodless coup that brought Bashir to power three decades ago, was named prime minister on Wednesday by the executive bureau of the president's National Congress Party (NCP). "Today, we took the major step of appointing Bakri Hassan Saleh as prime minister,"...
(Sudan Tribune 03/02/17)
U.S United States Congressmen including senators and representatives have called on President Donald Trump to appoint a special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan to back the regional efforts for peace in the two countries. With the end of President Barack Obama’s second term, the former U.S. Special Envoy Donald Booth stepped down, leaving hot files on the crises in the two countries waiting for his successor who will be the sixth special envoy for Sudan. “We write to urge...
(Sudan Tribune 02/14/17)
President Omer al-Bashir Monday has asserted that Abyei remains a Sudanese territory pointing that the national authorities perform their full administrative duties. Bashir made his remarks over the disputed area in a meeting with a delegation of the Sudanese Women parliamentarians’ Caucus headed by MP Wafa Mekki Ali. "Sudanese President reaffirmed that Abyei is a Sudanese territory and every Sudanese can apply for all the identification documents from Abyei," reported the news agency SUNA. The official news agency didn’t explain...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Xinhuanet 02/07/17)
The Sudanese government renewed on Monday its support for the restoration of legitimacy in Yemen. The remarks came at a meeting between Sudanese Oil Minister Mohamed Zayed Awad and his Yemeni counterpart visiting Saif Al-Sharif. "Sudan has renewed its stand with Yemen and support for the restoration of legitimacy," al-Sharif told reporters after the meeting. He also commended Sudan's continued support for Yemen in all political, military and diplomatic fields. Sudan is taking part in the operations of a Saudi-led...
(AFP (eng) 02/06/17)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir accused the Egyptian government of harbouring and backing Sudanese opposition figures fighting his troops, in remarks broadcast on Sunday. In his first such accusation against Cairo, Bashir said in an interview broadcast by Al-Arabiya that Sudanese opposition figures were "backed by Egyptian intelligence services". "We raise this issue every time when we meet Egyptian officials," said Bashir. Sudanese troops are fighting rebels in three conflict regions -- Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. "Egyptian President Abdel...

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