The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that happened before the British Parliament on Wednesday, March 22, and culminated lives of several innocent people, describing this incident as a crime that violated all the human values and principles.
In a statement Thursday, the ministry has expressed Sudan condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and the wounded persons and the British government.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its rejection and condemnation to all forms of terrorism and the blood shedding and terrorizing of innocent people, indicating that like such acts are prohibited by all the heavenly religions and laws.
The ministry has reiterated its absolute solidarity and support to the British government regarding all the measures that it will adopt to protect the security and safety of its people.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also called on the international community to intensify its efforts and cooperation against all forms of the terrorist and criminal acts.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Ghandour, has stressed that relations between the Sudan and Egypt stand out as special with bonds history, neighborhood and blood binding them together but some media tend to mar them.
In a statement to the Sudan news agency the minister said with regards to the campaign led by some media outlet against the Sudan, contacts are continuing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Egypt about the attitude of the Egyptian media, saying the two sides have to show keenness of placing their joint relations in their right context.
He said there are some urgent questions such as the issue of Halaib and the presence of Sudanese opposition in Egypt as well as other issues that have to be resolved in a frank and clear manner.
The Minister referred to the joint statement issued on the need to halt that campaign, saying they would continue with this stand despite the fact that some people have vested agenda that might target the Egyptian interests, expressing hope that the attack campaign would stop.
With regard to Halaib, the minister underlined that Sudan possess documents and that the issue has to be resolved either directly or through arbitration, saying this is the Sudanese position on the issue.
In an uncommon visit by a Western diplomat to the Red Sea State, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Steven Koutsis is visiting the eastern Sudan area to discuss U.S.-Sudan relation with the local leaders, business representatives, academics, and civil society.
"During the visit, the delegations will tour Port Sudan’s major commercial sites, speak to visitors of U.S. Embassy Khartoum’s “American Corner” located at the Port Sudan Public Library; visit with students and faculty at Red Sea University, and tour major historic and natural conservation sites including Suakin Island and Sanganeb Marine National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site," said a statement released by the American embassy in Khartoum.
Once a close ally of the United States in the region, relations between the east African nation and the U.S. have been marred by tough economic embargo and accusations of support to terror groups, for almost twenty years.
American diplomats in Khartoum, however, worked during the past years to engage the Sudanese people in a bid to improve the image of their country distorted by repeated criticism of the American administration by the negative impact of the sanctions.
The recent, improvement in bilateral ties and the partial suspension of sanction contributed largely to create a suitable atmosphere paving the way towards normalisation of bilateral relations and better engagement with Sudanese people.
The embassy said the United States seeks opportunities to strengthen its cultural, educational, and business partnerships in Red Sea state pointing that the port city, Port Sudan, is one of the largest commercial and trade hubs in the region.
The Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and John Goodman Conflict Resolution Program’s associate director for Africa at Carter Center Wednesday discussed the ongoing efforts to bring peace in Sudan and achieve democratic reforms.
The Carter Center has an old relation with the Sudanese government, as it kept working in different humanitarian programmes including Guinea worm cease-fire in 1995. Also, it brokered an agreement between Sudan and Uganda in 1999 to cooperate in the ant-LRA fight and remained closely involved in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005.
In a statement released after the meeting, the foreign ministry said Ghandour briefed Goodman on the steps taken to implement the recommendations of the National Dialogue Conference on the democratic transition in the country.
The minister also explained the government positions in the African Union-brokered peace process with the armed groups, pointing to the government acceptance of U.S. humanitarian proposal to deliver medical assistance to civilians in the conflict-affected areas in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan States.
Recently, it was purported that the Carter Center was working to normalise relations between Sudan and United States, as the two countries are engaged in a process that should lead to the partial left of sanctions next July.
According to the statement, Goodman stressed the readiness of the Center to continue its efforts to support the peace process in Sudan.
He further pointed out that "President Carter is keen to meet Sudanese officials when they visit the United States to listen to their views on issues of peace in the country," the foreign ministry said.
Last year, Carter received Sudanese officials who visited Washington within the government efforts to convince the White House to remove the economic embargo.
Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour received, Thursday, at his office, the Ambassador of the South Sudan State to Sudan, Mayan Dot .
The meeting discussed spheres of cooperation between the two countries and speeding up of implementation the outcomes of the recent meetings of the joint Security and Political Committee besides the contacts between the Oil Ministries, in the two countries as well as the arrangements concerning the invitation extended by the President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al-Basher for his brother, President, Salva Kiir Mayardit to visit Khartoum .
Prof. Ghandour , during the meeting, urged the Government of South Sudan State to reactivate the talks and agreements signed by the two countries, affirming Sudan's keenness to support South Sudan to face its current circumstances .
The Tunisian Prime Minister, Dr. Yusuf Al Shahid, on Thursday underlined the strength of the Sudanese Tunisian relations in the various domain, referring to the session of talks he held in Khartoum with the Sudanese officials which culminated in the signing of a number of agreements.
He said these agreements which cover the economic, trade and investment domains will boost the joint cooperation between the two countries, referring in particular toe the tourism, maritime and transportation fields.
He said the agreements in investment domains have come to cement the economic and trade e exchange relation and to open up new horizons of cooperation between the two sides.
The Prime minister reviewed in his statement at the closing session of the joint talks, the various developments and economic situation in his country, pinpointing to the specific success achieved by the Tunisian government which, he said , has provided he world with a successful democratic experience, commending the various economic and institutional reforms effected by the Tunisian government recently.
Minister of Minerals, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Al-Sadiq Al-Karuri unveiled adoption of new policies for gold purchase and export, accordingly companies are allowed to export 50% of their production and freely dealing with the revenues while selling the remaining 50% to the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS).
The Minister said in press statements after extended meeting which was attended by the CBOS Governor, Hazim Abdul-Gadir, Chairman of Sudanese Businessmen, and Employers Federation (SBEF), Sa'aoud Al-Berair, Chairman of the Commerce Chamber, Yousif Ahmed Yousif and Chairman of the Goldsmith Union, Abdalla Al-Jak, that the new policies give companies operating in mining field bigger incentive for previous policies allowed the companies to export only 15 percent of production and selling the remaining 85% to the CBOS.
He added through such policies control over most production of gold would be made and thus smuggling of gold would curbed and that the new policies would encourage new companies to come in and invest in the sector plus increasing production of companies already operating in the gold mining sector , disclosing that the aim of the new policies is to create good and attractive environment for investors.
CBOS Governor, Hazim said the Central Bank would issue a circular that allows private sector to purchase and export gold and that the Bank is ready, as of next Sunday, to receive applications from companies, noting that the step was set to enable the private sector to play effective role in development of economic sector.
Chairman of Goldsmith Union, Abdalla Al-Jak said the policies announced would curb phenomena of gold smuggling and would decrease the rate of hard currencies.
The eight session of the joint Sudanese/Japanese political consultation committee has been held on Tuesday in Tokyo.
In a press release Wednesday, Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Gharib Allah Khidir said the meetings discussed all aspects of bilateral relations.
According to the press release, the Sudanese side was headed by the director of bilateral relations at the foreign ministry Mahmoud Hassan al-Amin while the Japanese side was chaired by the director of African affairs at the foreign ministry.
Khidir said the two sides stressed the need to promote cultural, political and economic ties through increasing trade exchange, economic cooperation and enhancing the Japanese investments in Sudan in light of the recent positive development regarding investment environment and financial transactions.
Also, the meetings underlined importance of exchanging visits of senior officials to promote economic cooperation and provide the necessary confidence to the private sector in both countries.
He pointed out the Sudanese delegation has held several meetings on the sidelines of the visit, saying they met with senior officials at Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Oil, Gas and Minerals Corporation (JOGMEC) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JIPEC).
First Vice President of the Republic, National Prime Minister, Bakri Hassan Saleh will address the inaugural session of the 2nd Annual Sudan International Mining
Business Forum and Exhibition on 29 March, with the participation of 29 foreign companies, 36 local ones and countries and 100 foreign dignitaries.
Minister of Minerals, Ahmed Mohamed Al-Sadiq Al-Karouri said that the second annual comes while the country is looking forward after the end of the national dialogue, and the beginning of the procedures for forming a national accord government, in addition to a partial lifting of economic sanctions imposed by the US administration.
The minister stressed, in a press statement, that the forum aims to enlighten and promote Sudan's mineral potential, in addition to benefiting from modern technologies in the exploration and extraction of metals, pointing out to the interest and intention to invest in minerals in Sudan, expecting that the forum to be an indication of openness to all countries in the world.
He revealed a program accompanying the said forum that aims to introduce the potential of Sudan’s tourism and to stand on tourist areas in the country and the civilization of Sudan, stressing to benefit from the forum to introduce added value to Sudanese metals through foreign participated companies, indicating that Sudan is turning into a mineral state, where minerals are found in all states of Sudan, revealing the existence of 461 companies working in the field of minerals in Sudan, noting that many companies proved the existence of all types of minerals in country.
For his part, Director General of the General Authority for Geological Research, Dr. Mohamed Abu Fatima said that Sudan has become an investment front in all sectors, noting that the mining sector represents 40% of Sudan's exports and occupies the second position of Africa in terms of minerals, noting that there are a large number of foreign companies wishing to invest in the country in the mining sector, pointing out that invitation to participate in the forum addressed to all large companies working in this area, pointing out that there are contacts with US companies to enter in the mining sector investment, revealing the existence of mining blocks ready for investment, especially after the lifting of partial economic sanctions on Sudan.
Dar Al Mustaqbal Organization for Electronic Publishing has honored the Sudanese poet Rawdha Al Haj on the Mother’s Day as part of the concern of the organization on enhancing culture among children, youth and family.
The Executive Director of the organization, Dr. Howaida Suliman, addressing a celebration held on the occasion, expressed thanks to the renowned poet, Rawdha Al Haj, referring to the many prizes and titles Rawdha achieved for Sudan.
Rawdha, on her part, hailed the efforts of the Secretary General of the organization, Abdelbasit Abdelmagid, and its members in developing the skills and capacities of children, youth and the family via electronic publishing, presenting a poem as a gift for all mothers of Sudan.
Dar Al Mustaqbal Organization for Electronic Publishing operates in the field of culture among children, youth and the family. It targets availing these categories with the instruments of knowledge and technology.