Al Bashir to Participate in anti-Hunger Summit in Addis Ababa

(Sudan Vision) President Omar Al Bashir will lead a government delegation to participate in the two-day African World Summit for Anti-hunger, which will be held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.  Al Bashir will meet, on the sidelines of the summit, a number of presidents.  The Summit will address a number of issues relating to food and the fight against poverty. It is expected that Sudan will present, during the summit, a paper on its role in the achievement of food security at both the domestic and continental levels, and highlight the potentialities of Sudan in the areas of agriculture and livestock.

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Dr. Nafie hands over written message from Al-Bashir to his Chinese counterpart

(SUNA) The Assistant of the President Republic and Deputy Chairman of the National Congress (NC) for the Organizational Affairs Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie has handed over, at the conclusion of his visit to China, a written message from President Omer Al-Bashir to the President of China (PRC) Mr. Xi Jinping, which was received, on his behalf, by the Vice President and the member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Mr. Li Yuan Chao. The message concerning bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of developing them further.  It is worth mentioning that Dr. Nafie has concluded his visit to China Friday after he had participated in the Chinese- Sudanese Strategic Dialogue, heading a high-level delegation.

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South Sudan’s VP to Visit Khartoum Sunday

(VOA) South Sudan’s vice president will visit Sudan on Sunday, both sides said on Saturday, marking the highest-level talks between the long-time African foes since Khartoum threatened to stop cross-border oil flows.  Relations hit a new low three weeks ago when Sudan said it would halt South Sudanese oil exports passing through the north for shipment abroad within 60 days unless Juba ended support for rebels operating across the border. Juba denies the claims.  South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar will arrive in Khartoum on Sunday for a two-day visit, Sudan’s state news agency SUNA said. He will meet Sudan’s First Vice President Ali Osman Taha, it said, adding that South Sudan’s Oil Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau and other ministers would also join Machar.  Diplomats said they doubted Sudan would close the two cross-border export pipelines because its economy has been suffering without South Sudan’s pipeline fees.

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Sudanese MP wary about endorsing move to lift fuel subsidies

(Sudan Tribune) A key member of Sudan’s national assembly said that they have yet to receive official document on a possible decision to lift fuel subsidies and warned that critical economic sectors would be affected negatively by such a decision.  MP Babiker Mohamed Tom, a member of the parliamentary subcommittee, told the pro-government Ashorooq TV that phasing out the subsidies would negatively impact more industries and the economy as a whole.  Earlier this month, Sudan’s minister of finance Ali Mahmoud Abdel-Rasool urged the parliament to authorize gradual lifting of subsidies as a solution to curb inflation rates.  Last week, an informed source told Sudan Tribune that the Shura (consultative) council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) endorsed a proposal to further reduce fuel subsidies.

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Gunmen kill 6 people outside Nyala, advocacy group says

(Sudan Tribune) An advocacy group said six people were killed this week in different attacks perpetrated by unidentified armed men near Nyala, South Darfur, and called on the peacekeepers to hold up their mandate.  In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday, SUDO (UK) reported that unknown gunmen killed six internally displaced persons (IDPs) and wounded five others in three attacks carried out this week on civilians outside Nyala.  The London based group condemned the attacks and blamed UNAMID for not taking any action over these incidents.  It also called on Sudanese authorities to probe the incidents and bring the culprits to justice.

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