French delegation visits Eritrean refugees in Sudan’s Kassala State

April 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – French Ambassador to Khartoum Emmanuelle Blatmann and the French Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Stéphane Gruenberg Monday paid a visit to Kassala to inspect Eritrean refugees camps in the State.
Kassala state, which borders Eritrea, is a transit point for illegal immigrants from Eritrea who seek to reach Europe through Egypt and Libya.
Eritreans made up the largest group of people from Africa making the perilous voyage to Europe last year. The trend (…)


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Germany vows to continue to facilitate Sudan’s peace talks

April 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The German Ambassador to Khartoum Ulrich Klöckner said his country would continue its efforts to facilitate peace talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel movements.
In an interview with the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) on Monday, the German envoy said his government is working with the African Union since two years to facilitate Sudan’s peace talks and bring the holdout political parties to the negotiating table.
He pointed out that they (…)


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Sudan produces 36.5 tons of gold in first quarter 2018

April 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s gold production has reached 36.5 tons during the first quarter of this year, said a report released Sunday by the Sudanese Minerals Resources Company (SMRC), the monitoring arm of the Sudan Minerals Ministry.
The SMRC performance report revealed that the “production of gold for the first quarter reached (36.5) tons with a performance rate of (162%) while the revenues during the first quarter reached 778.548 million Sudanese pounds ($43 million) with a (…)


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Sudan’s al-Bashir, AU peace commissioner discuss regional security

April 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on Sunday has discussed with the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui the regional security and the situation in Libya.
Al-Bashir on Sunday morning received the AU official at his place of residence in the Ethiopian city of Bahr Dar on the sidelines of the 7th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa.
According to the official news agency SUNA, Chergui expressed appreciation for the positive (…)


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Sudan, Saudi Arabia chiefs of staff discuss military cooperation

April 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF)’s Chief of the General Staff, Lt General Kamal Abdel-Ma’arouf and his Saudi counterpart, Lt General Fayyad bin Hamed al-Ruwayli have discussed military cooperation between the two countries.
On Sunday, Abdel-Ma’arouf returned to Khartoum following a 3-day visit to Saudi Arabia during which he attended the closing ceremony of the joint military exercise “Gulf Shield-1”.
The two chiefs of staff discussed a number of issues of common (…)


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SLM-AW says fierce clashes taking place in Darfur’s Jebel Marra

April 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan Liberation Movement – Abed Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) Sunday released a short statement claiming that its fighters are under fierce attacks of the government forces in northern Jebel Marra.
Last March and during the first two weeks of April, the SLM-AW spoke about fighting in eastern and southern parts of Jebel Marra, stressing that civilians are in dire need of humanitarian aid.
The rebel group since Friday have released three statement speaking about (…)


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SPLM-N Agar rejects Bashir’s re-election in 2020

April 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) led by Malik Agar voiced its rejection for the re-election of President Omer al-Bashir for a third term in 2020 and called for popular protests against his probable candidature.
The political stance was adopted by its Executive Leadership in a meeting held on 15-16 April 2018, attended by the Chairperson Malik Agar, Deputy Chairperson Yasir Arman and the Secretary-General Ismail Jalab, according to a statement (…)


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Sudan’s NCP to launch discussions with political forces on new constitution

April 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said arrangements have been completed to kick off the dialogue with the political forces.
NCP political secretary Omer Basan said his party would meet with all political forces except the unregistered parties and the armed movements that have not yet been transformed into political parties.
He pointed out that the meetings with the political forces would focus on the outcome of the national dialogue particularly the (…)


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Sudan’s militia stops 66 illegal migrants in North Darfur

April 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Saturday managed to arrest a group of 66 migrants with their smugglers in the remote North Darfur area of Wadi Hawar, in a joint operation with the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).
NISS Director in North Darfur State Brigadier General Awad al-Qurashi said that the operation was carried out in coordination and cooperation with the RSF militiamen deployed in the remote area.
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Sudan’s al-Bashir, Ethiopia’s premier discuss bilateral relations

April 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali on Saturday discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries in all fields.
Al-Bashir, who arrived in Ethiopia on Friday to take part in Tana Forum which is hosted by the Ethiopian city of Bahr Dar from 21 to 22 April, met with Ethiopia’s premier on Saturday.
During the meeting, al-Bashir stressed the Sudanese government and people support for Ethiopia in order to achieve (…)


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Bring Sudanese troops home now

By Salah Shuaib
The Sudanese troops fighting hard now in Yemen, who were sent there by order of al-Bashir, should return home. The process of implementing this task is much challenging. But, we urgently should initiate a broad and stormy civil movement to help our sons get out from this Iranian-Saudi sectarian conflict.
Thinking profoundly about this dilemma, we should have a comprehensive perspective to deal with the high casualties facing our young troops participating in that war (…)


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West Darfur State urges support for voluntary return efforts

April 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The government of West Darfur State on Friday has demanded support for voluntary return projects of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees.
The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) quoted the West Darfur governor Fadl Al-Mula al-Haga as saying the voluntary return of IDPs and refugees is the top priority for his government.
He pointed out that the villages and localities of the voluntary return have started to receive large numbers of returnees (…)


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Thousands of IDPs and refugees returned to Blue Nile: official

April 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – A government official at the Blue Nile State on Friday said thousands of refugees have recently returned to the state from South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Blue Nile State and neighbouring South Kordofan state have been the scene of violent conflict between the SPLM-N and the Sudanese army since 2011.
The commissioner of Bau county of the Blue Nile State Abdel-Ghani Digais said his county is witnessing the voluntary return of displaced persons as well as refugees from (…)


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N. Darfur governor criticises UNAMID delay of stabilisation plan

April 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Governor of North Darfur, Abdel-Wahid Youssef, has criticized the slow pace of the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in implementing the stabilisation plan in his state, said the official news agency SUNA
On Thursday, Youssef met with the UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Sunday, Aristide Nononsi, in North Darfur capital, El-Fasher.
During the meeting, the governor called for a changing the Mission’s mandate in order to make use (…)


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Sudan’s al-Bashir fires foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour

April 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir relieved his foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour said the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) on Thursday evening.
In a very short wire, SUNA reported that al-Bashir issued a presidential decree removing Ghandour from his position. Also, the decision was announced in less than three hours after the return of the president from Saudi Arabia where he participated in the 29th Arab League summit.
Observers in Khartoum believe that the (…)


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Halayeb’s dispute must be resolved through direct talks or international arbitration: Sudan’s FM

April 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said his country wouldn’t accept any proposal to hold a referendum or allow joint administration for the disputed Halayeb triangle.
Speaking to the lawmakers on Wednesday, the Sudanese top diplomat renewed his country’s non-negotiable right to full sovereignty over the region, saying the dispute should be settled either through negotiations or international arbitration.
He pointed out that Sudan recalled its ambassador to (…)


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Sudan’s ruling party to hold dialogue with holdout parties

April 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday said it would engage in a deep dialogue with the opposition forces during the next period.
In press statements on Tuesday, NCP deputy chairman of political sector Mohamed al-Mustafa said some holdout political parties have expressed desire to address national issues particularly ways to end the war and achieve peace.
He pointed out that the stated desire of the holdout parties would pave the way for holding (…)


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