Sudan Defense Minister in Saudi Arabia Despite ICC Warrant
(Sudan Tribune, All Africa) The Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein met in Riyadh with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the state media reported. Saudi official news agency (SPA) said the two officials reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries, ways to enhance them and the latest developments at Arab and international arenas. Sudan army spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad was quoted by the country’s news agency (SUNA) as saying that the two sides discussed military cooperation following the conclusion of joint naval exercise this week. The purpose of the drill was said to be enhancing abilities of naval forces in Saudi Arabia and Sudan to combat piracy and smuggling. Relations between Khartoum and Riyadh have been strained lately over Sudan’s close ties with Iran.
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Sudan oil minister in Iran to follow up on investment pledge
(Sudan Tribune) The Sudanese oil minister Awad al-Jaz arrived in Tehran with a letter from president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. The composition of the Sudanese delegation which included the agriculture minister and deputy central bank governor implied the economic nature of the visit. The official Fars news agency quoted Ahmedinejad as saying that “there are several important steps on the bilateral and Islamic world level that Tehran and Khartoum can undertake together in close cooperation for the benefit of people in two countries and other people”. Earlier this month in Cairo Ahmedinejad met with Bashir on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit. Following the meeting Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti said that he expects fresh Iranian investments to flow into the country but provided no details.
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Turkey Affirms Supporting Sudan to Become World Food Basket
(Sudan Vision)Turkish Deputy Premier, Bekir Bozdag reiterated his countries intention to support all the Islamic nations through introducing modern technology in all fields. He outlined the cooperation and cohesion between Turkey and Sudan, calling for strengthening the relations to deal with all the concerns facing the two nations. While addressing as mass rally in Al-Managel, in the occasion of launching projects sponsored by his country, Bozdag said that Turkey will continue its support to Sudan in all its issues. He affirmed that Sudan is qualified to become the world’s food basket, announcing that Turkey will boost Sudan’s role in food security through providing the latest technologies in agriculture and animal wealth fields. For his part, Presidential Aide, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie said that the cooperation and cohesion between Sudan and Turkey blocked the conspirators, pointing out that this kind of alliance and friendship is what the Sudanese want to confront the enemies.
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UN: Darfur tribal fighting hampers aid, concerned UN says
(Global Post) The UN on Sunday expressed deep concern over the latest deadly tribal violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, which has hampered assistance for tens of thousands of people forced to flee earlier fighting. Residents in El Sireaf town said an Arab militia firing heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades burned houses and killed more than 50 people on Saturday. “We are deeply concerned by the violence,” Damian Rance of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told AFP. “It’s affected our ability to run a humanitarian operation.” About 100,000 people had already been displaced or severely affected by battles since early January between the Rezeigat tribe and rival Arabs from the Beni Hussein group in the Jebel Amir gold mining area of North Darfur state.
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