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U.S. will not support “narrow” peace agreement in South Sudan: White House

July 22, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – The White House distanced itself from the IGAD brokered talks for peace in South Sudan saying they would not support the implementation of a “narrow agreement” Juba government and the opposition sign in the upcoming days.
The government of President Salva Kiir and opposition groups are expected to sign an agreement on the implementation of the 2015 peace process mediated by the East African bloc of the IGAD countries.
The parties are now finalizing the (…)


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South Darfur tightens security around voluntary return villages

July 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – South Darfur government has tightened security measures around voluntary return villages following the killing of the leader of Digrais village, 25 kilometres south of the capital, Nyala.
On 12 July, three masked gunmen killed the leader of Digrais village Gibril Ahmed Ali and his wife and injured two of his sons at their home.
The government of South Darfur on Sunday said it has arrested four suspects in the killing of Ali and his wife, stressing the incident (…)


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Sudanese security seizes two newspapers

July 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Sunday seized copies of Al-Jareeda and Masadir newspapers from the printing house without stating reasons.
Chief-Editor of Al-Jareeda Ashraf Abdel-Aziz told Sudan Tribune the NISS confiscated print runs of his newspaper without giving reasons, saying he was later summoned to the information department at the NISS.
Abdel-Aziz pointed out that Al-Jareeda incurred a financial loss of 200,000 Sudanese (…)


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Sudan to re-open trade points with Chad and Libya

July 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Governor of North Darfur State al-Sharif Mohamed Abbad said arrangements are underway to re-open trade points with Chad and Libya.
The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) has quoted Abbad as saying Minister of Commerce Hatim al-Sir Ali would visit North Darfur next week to re-open the trade points, stressing that borders with Libya and Chad are safe and protected.
He added the Minister of Commerce would issue a list including goods that could be traded among (…)


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Sudan, Poland agree to promote bilateral cooperation

July 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Foreign Minister El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz Saturday have discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
In a statement seen by Sudan Tribune on Saturday, Ahmed said the two sides also discussed regional and international issues of common concern particularly illegal migration and conflict resolution.
Also, the Polish foreign ministry in a Twit released on Saturday said the talks (…)


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Forcible phase of disarmament campaign begins in West Darfur

July 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – A joint government force has captured large quantities of weapons, ammunition, military uniforms and unregulated vehicles in the village of Warah, Sraya locality, West Darfur State at the start of the forcible phase of the disarmament campaign.
Acting governor of West Darfur Mohamed Ibrahim Sharf al-Din said the higher committee for the collection of illicit arms has given residents and armed groups sufficient time to hand over their weapons voluntarily.
He (…)


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Inflation in Sudan rise to 63,86% as US dollar price hits record high

July 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) Sudan’s inflation rate has risen to 63,86% in June compared to 60,93 in May, reported the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBoS).
In its monthly bulletin issued on Thursday, the CBoS pointed to the significant increase in the price of clothing and shoes at the beginning of the new school year.
It is noteworthy that the director of the Troubled Currencies Programme at Johns Hopkins University Steve Hanke said Sudan’s annual inflation rate measured for 6/13/18, was 111%. (…)


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Egypt, Sudan leaders agree to build strategic relations

July 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – In a meeting held in Khartoum on Thursday evening, Sudanese and Egyptian, leaders agreed to enhance joint cooperation and build strategic relations in all fields, stressing the importance of overcoming differences.
Sudan and Egypt which were close allies now have several pending issues, including the Ethiopian Renaissance dam and the border dispute over Halayeb triangle, which has been under Egyptian control since 1995.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said in (…)


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Juba says Sudanese minister makes misleading statements over peace deal

July 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) – South Sudanese Information Minister strongly criticized Sudanese foreign minister saying the latter misled regional and international community when he declared that the South Sudanese parties reached an agreement on governance issues.
Michael Makuei Lueth reiterated their reservations over the draft agreement on outstanding issues of governance and announced that two members of the government negotiating delegation will travel to Juba for consultations with (…)


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Sudan’s NCP says many party members support al-Bashir reelection in 2020

July 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said it has launched internal discussions to select the party candidate for the 2020 presidential elections.
NCP political secretary Omer Basan said his party held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss major issues on the political arena and on top of which the selection of a presidential candidate for 2020 elections.
He pointed out that many voices within the NCP, as well as other political and societal forces, call for the (…)


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Egypt’s al-Sisi to visit Khartoum on Thursday

July 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi on Thursday would arrive in Khartoum on his first visit since he has been re-elected for a second term.
Egypt’s Ambassador to Khartoum Osama Shaltout told the official news agency SUNA that al-Sisi’s accompanying delegation includes ministers of foreign affairs, agriculture, defence and water resources and irrigation.
He pointed out that al-Sisi’s meeting with President Omer al-Bashir is his first since he assumed office in (…)


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Sudanese-French committee meets in Khartoum on Wednesday

July 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese-French joint political consultation committee would hold its 9th meeting on Wednesday in Khartoum, said Sudan’s Foreign Ministry.
In a press release extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Gharib Allah Khidir said the French side would be headed by Rémi Maréchaux the Director of East Africa and Indian Ocean Department at the French Foreign Ministry.
He added the French team also includes the French Ambassador to Khartoum (…)


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Sudan appeals for IMF help to alleviate economic woes

July 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and donor countries to contribute to easing the burden of economic reform policy on Sudanese people.
On Monday, an IMF team concluded a nine-day visit to Khartoum. Sudan’s Minister of Finance Mohamed Osman al-Rikabi said the visit of the team comes within the framework of the continued consultations between Sudan and the IMF.
He called on the IMF to assist his country to (…)


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South Sudan govt voices strong reservations over revised Entebbe proposal

July 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government voiced strong reservations on the revised Entebbe Proposal on the outstanding issues of governance and blamed the mediation for making new propositions instead of developing the agreed provisions.
The revised version of Entebbe Proposal creates a new vice-president for the South Sudanese Opposition Alliance and reduced the government members to 35 ministers.
The government spokesperson and Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said (…)


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South Kordofan hosts 40,000 South Sudanese refugees: minister

July 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – South Kordofan State is hosting 40,000 South Sudanese refugees, said Minister of Welfare and Social Affairs Awadiya Basha
Speaking at a workshop on refugee laws on Sunday, Basha said the government of South Kordofan is committed to granting refugees status for foreign nationals who reach its territory according to international laws.
She said South Sudanese refugees enjoy the state’s limited services including food, health and water, pointing to strong and old (…)


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Sudan to develop national anti-human trafficking strategy

July 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Higher Committee to Combat Human Trafficking said it would develop a national anti-trafficking strategy as well as activating existing laws to counter the phenomenon in accordance with the established international standards.
In a meeting chaired by Vice-President Hassabo Mohamed Abdel-Rahman on Sunday, the committee discussed legal frameworks to combat human trafficking besides humanitarian and social effects of the phenomenon.
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139 victims of human trafficking freed in Kassala as governor calls to extend emergency order

July 15, 2018 (KASSALA/KHARTOUM) – Governor of Sudan’s eastern state of Kassala Adam Jama’a on Sunday said police has freed 139 victims of human trafficking calling on legislators to extend the state of emergency.
Last December, the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir issued a decree imposing a six-month state of emergency in North Kordofan and Kassala states.
The parliament on Monday would hold an extraordinary session to consider an extension of the emergency order at both states.
During (…)


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Russia’s Putin praises developing relations with Sudan, points to military cooperation

July 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – During a meeting with the visiting Sudan’s Omer al-Bashir, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the development in bilateral relations between the two countries, adding they are looking forward to developing military-technical cooperation between the two countries.
During a meeting with Putin in Sochi on 23 November 2017, al-Bashir expressed hope that Russia would contribute to modernizing the Sudanese army and called to enhance military cooperation offering (…)


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