Sudan and Burkina Faso held, Sunday night joint talks, at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, co-chaired by the President of the Republic, Omer Al-Basher and the visiting Burkina Faso President, Roch Marc Christian in the presence of the ministers of the two sides .
Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour said in press statements that the two Presidents have confirmed the firmness of bilateral relations between the two countries and their keenness to develop them further to serve the joint interests and strengthening cooperation and coordination in regional and international issues of common interest.
He underlined that the ministers of the two sides held bilateral sessions during which they reviewed cooperation in higher education, external relations and defense fields .
Prof. Ghandour said the visit of Burkina Faso President will continue tomorrow, Monday, to meet the First Vice-President and National Prime Minister, General, Bakri Hassan Saleh and visiting some industrial sites in the country .
The Minister for foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, on Sunday said President Omar Bashir will lead the Sudan delegation to the Jordan Arab summit conference which he said comes at a critical time in the life of the Arab Nation.
He said the summit is equally set to discuss the development and rehabilitation efforts in the Sudan as well as the question of Arab food Security.
The Minister has meanwhile criticized Amnesty International (AI) which he said continues to make up reports about the Sudan including allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Jabal Mara area, Darfur, while Amnesty itself was well aware that the Sudan does not possess any chemical weapons.
He reminded that these allegations by (AI) have been demented by technical equipment, documents and records, which convinced the world community to elect the Sudan deputy chair for the executive office of the chemical weapon ban organization.
Ghandour has added that Sudan continue its efforts in the dialogue with the United States of America and that contacts are continuing at different levels, beside the convening of assessment meeting between the two sides.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeem, received in his office Sunday the American Charge d'Affaires to Sudan, Steven Koutsis, and discussed the humanitarian situation in South Sudan State and means of coordination and cooperation to address the situation there.
The Undersecretary referred to the position of Sudan on this issue and according to which Sudan has delivered 20,000 tons of sorghum as urgent support to the needy in South Sudan as well as Sudan coordination with countries and the international organizations to send their humanitarian support via the Sudanese territories.
The Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry also announced Sudan agreement on opening a new route for transporting food and humanitarian aid through Al-Obeid - Hejlij - Rabkona - Bentiu axis, adding that the other route is also open to transport food materials and humanitarian assistance by land and rive from Kosti city, in implementation of the tripartite agreement between Sudan, South Sudan and the United Nations (represented in the UNDP).
Ambassador Abdul-Ghani said that Sudan is maintaining contact with a number of donor countries that have expressed desire to deliver food and humanitarian aid via Sudan to South Sudan State.
He affirmed that Sudan will not spare effort to help the brothers in South Sudan State until peace and stability is achieved there.
Meanwhile, the US Charge d'Affaires has appreciated the efforts of Sudan government in this connection, affirming the importance of continuing contacts and coordination to address the humanitarian situation challenge in South Sudan.
The Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, has affirmed Sudan concern with the issue of the French hostage, indicating that Sudan remained following up the issue of the French hostage through the coordination with the Chadian authorities, within the context of the joint Sudanese - Chadian Forces and also via contacts with the French authorities and intelligence for the sake of release of the hostage.
He said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the concerned organs in Sudan have received a message from Sudan Embassy to Ndjamena relating to the issue of the French hostage.
Prof. Ghandour has reiterated Sudan concern with the issue of the French hostage until his return safely to his family.
The presidents of the IGAD member states agreed, at a closed-door meeting in Nairobi, that it is important for South Sudan State to expel the Sudanese rebel movements and decided formation of a fact-finding committee to verify and follow up this issue.
In a press statement, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Kamal-Eddin Ismail, said that the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, has accepted the proposal and other proposals that he will announce following his return to Juba.
Ambassador Ismail said that the Vice - President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, and the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, have spoken frankly, during their meeting on the sidelines of the IGAD Summit, on the dispute in South Sudan and the importance of solving it.
He indicated that the meeting also discussed the importance of South Sudan State's expulsion to the Sudanese armed movements and easing the arrival of relief materials to the needy people.
The State Minister for Foreign Affairs said that the Vice - President has met with the Kenyan President and discussed a number of issues, including outcome of the recent visit of the Kenyan President to Sudan, the issue of peace in South Sudan, the importance of regional cooperation and the role of Sudan and Kenya in the regional coordination for solving the Somali refugees issue and ending the war in South Sudan.
SUNA learned that the IGAD proposals to President Salva Kiir included the declaration of cease-fire and general amnesty as well as expulsion the Sudanese armed movements out of South Sudan territories.
Vice - President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, met Saturday evening in Nairobi with the President of South Sudan State, Salva Kiir, on the sidelines of the sidelines of the IGAD summit on the Somali refugees.
The meeting has discussed the bilateral relations and the efforts for realizing peace and stability in Sudan and South Sudan State.
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.
Sudan on Sunday 26/3/2017 agreed on opening a new corridor for delivery of humanitarian assistance to the population in South Sudan who are facing famine.
"Sudan government has agreed on opening a new corridor for the World Food Programme (WFP) via El Obied, Heglig, Rubkona and Bentiu to cover the areas affected by famine in South Sudan's Unity and Greater Bahr el Ghazal States during this week," Ahmed Mohamed Adam, Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, said at a press conference in Khartoum Sunday.
The Sudanese official announced that the Sudanese Presidency has directed handing over of 10,000 tons of Sorghum in support of the humanitarian operation implemented by the United Nations for the citizens of South Sudan.
UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sudan Marta Ruedas said that "we are very grateful to the government of Sudan for the open approach."
"This is not something that has been easy, and they have shown a great deal of concern, a great deal of generosity and a great deal of openness," she said.
She went on saying "thanks to the government of Sudan, we will be able to reach a lot of people, and we hope that this enables us to ease the plight of the South Sudanese and to slow the flow of refugees to Sudan."
According to official statistics last February, around 495,000 South Sudanese are present in Sudan. Recently famine was officially declared in South Sudan.
The South Sudanese government and the UN said 100,000 people facing starvation, with 5 million people classified as being on the brink of famine.
The famine was attributed to many reasons including the civil war and collapse of the economy in the new-born state.
Sudan's Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force will begin Blue Shield Exercise (1), at Merowe airbase in northern Sudan, Acting Chief of staff Salah of the Sudanese Air Force, Lieutenant General (pilot) Salah Eddin Abdul Khaleq said.
Abdul Khaleq stressed, at a press conference, that the aim of the exercise is to support the joint military cooperation between the two countries, strengthen cooperation ties, increase readiness, refine and exchange experiences in the areas of air interdiction and air operations and apply the concept of joint action in the practical and technical fields, denying the link of the exercise with any political agenda.
He pointed out that a Saudi team will make shows games by Hawk helicopters in various parts of Khartoum State for raising morale of the Sudanese people and the army, pointing to the depth and strength of the relations between the Sudanese and Saudi armies.
For his part, Commander of the Blue Shield Exercise (1), Major General (Pilot), Hussein Mohammed Othman, affirmed the readiness of the Sudanese Air Force with all its forces for the exercise, pointing out that the exercise will include various air shows starting from the easiest to the hardest.
The Sudan is participating in the Blue Shield Exercise with a squadron of MiG fighters (29) and Sukhoi fighters (25) and Sukhoi fighters (29), as well as a radar battalion to direct interceptor fighters with the participation of 450 of Sudanese air force personnel of different ranks, while the Saudi Royal Air Force participating with squadron of (F15) and Typhoon fighters and 9 Hawk aircraft for air show with the participation of 250 members of the Saudi Royal Air Force of different ranks.
Sudanese Armed Firces (SAF) has participated, during the last two years, in several joint operations in support of the security and unity of the Arab and Islamic nations through the Operation Decisive Storm, Re-hope Operation and Al-Falak Exercise (1) between the Sudanese and Saudi naval forces, which comes within the framework of enhancing the efficiency of the Sudanese forces and exchanging experiences with friendly and brotherly countries, and enhancing the values ??of cooperation, harmony and coordination on the basis of common understanding between the armies to deal with any potential risks, thus enhancing cooperation in the areas of command and control.
Abdul Khaleq confirmed their readiness to participate in any military alliance, if necessary, saying that their participation in Operation Decisive Storm affirmed its ability to participate in any Arab military alliance, stressing the readiness of the air forces to increase the forces participating in the Decisive Storm, as requested by the coalition.
He said that this exercise was agreed upon by a year ago and that it is not represents any threat to anybody.
SAF Spokesman, Brigadier General Ahmed Al-Shami said that the exercise has training objectives to raise capacity and was planned for a year and has nothing to do with any tensions in the region or other, and its a joint training between Sudan and Saudi Arabia, and that the training has a specific area in raising combat capabilities and work to promote the spirit of Arab unity and solidarity.