The Crown Prince of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, received at his Emiri Diwan office in Doha Monday the Vice President of the Republic Al-Hajj Adam Yousif, and the accompanying delegation, as part of his visit to Doha to take part in the 12th Doha Forum and Conference on Future Enriching in the Middle which began Sunday in the Qatari capital. The meeting reviewed the progress of the relations and cooperation between Sudan and Qatar, issues in the agenda of the forum and the issues of mutual concern. On the other hand, the Vice President discussed with the Qatari Deputy Premier and State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the committee entrusted with Implementation and follow -up of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, Ahmad bin Abdalla Al Mahmoud, the implementation of Doha Peace Agreement as well as progress of the bilateral relations between the two states, besides issues of mutual concern. The meeting was attended by the State Minister at the Presidency of Republic and Head of the office for follow up of implementation of the peace agreement Amin Hassan Omer, and Sudan Ambassador to Doha,Yasser Khider Khalfalla.
The Assistant of the President of the Republic Nafie Ali Nafie arrived Monday in Damazine, capital of the Blue Nile State, where he met the Command of the Armed Forces in the state, and the governor of the State, Maj.Gen. Al-Hadi Bushra. The Assistant of the President heard a report on the security situation in the state. Mr. Nafie is also expected to address a battalion of Mujahedeen of the State as part of the program of national mobilization campaign.
The Minister of Justice Mohamed Bushara Dosa pointed out that the President of the Republic Omer Albashir, is enjoying full immunity and have the right to visit any country, and that any state can receive him without succumbing to politicized dictations. This came in his address to the Meeting of the African Ministers of Justice in Addis Ababa. Mr. Dosa called for adoption of a united vision concerning the International Criminal Court, in a manner that realizes the interest of the African continent and the African leaders who are being targeted by the United States and some European countries. He called on the member states who signed the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court to withdraw collectively from membership of this court and to join the African Court for Justice, Human Rights and Peoples. Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice regarded the aggression of the South Sudan against Heglig as a flagrant violation of all the international laws and charters and the decisions of the African Union, pointing out this aggression resulted in a big damage and destruction to Sudanâ€™s economy and infrastructure. The Minister of Justice stressed that Sudan will adopt legal measures to demand South Sudan to pay compensations for the destruction resulting from its aggression on Heglig. Meanwhile, Dosa met on the sidelines of the conference his Ethiopian counterpart, Barham Haile, and signed an agreement on extradition of criminals between Sudan and Ethiopia. The Sudanese and Ethiopian ministers also agreed on continuity of the cooperation and consultation between them on legal issues and implementation of the agreements that were signed by the two countries.
The government of Sudan is hosting the First Regional Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Khartoum during May 22 - 23 at Corinthian Hotel. The two-day conference, organized by the Ministry of Interior and the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission in collaboration with the Embassy of Germany, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), will be attended by the Ministers of Interior of Libya, the Central African Republic, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the governors of the states and academicians. A press release issued earlier by the UNAMID said that the conference is designed not only to foster greater awareness of issues related to small arms, but also to develop more effective ways Sudan through them can coordinate with its neighbors to reduce small arms in the region. The release indicated that the objectives of the conference include creating a forum for regional dialogue on the illegal trade, circulation and use of small arms; developing a harmonized regional approach to control small arms, developing a strategy for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of combatants; and creating a unique and efficient mechanism to monitor the small arms control program across the borders of the participating countries.
The Minister of Minerals Kamal Abdul-Latif, has briefed a visiting delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the steps and procedures carried by the ministry to organize the mining along its contribution to the Sudan national economy. The delegation, led by the Deputy Head Department of Middle East and Central Asia, Edward Al-Jumail, got assured with the procedures the Ministry of Mineral undertook by making the Central Bank of Sudan enter as a buyer of the traditional mining's gold as well as the establishment of gold refinery. The minister urged the IMF to play a greater role in providing technical assistance to the projects and to highlight the improvements in the Sudan economy, referring to the obstacles set by some countries on the Sudan. Abdul-Latif stressed that the mineral sector in the country became the hope and compensator for the national economy after exist of the oil. The Chief of IMF delegation, meanwhile, said that the IMF has been paying visits during these days to the country members with the purpose to evaluate the economic situations and to extend technical consultations to them to assess their economic performance on the light of the previous experiences of each country with the other countries, explaining that the visit to the Ministry of Minerals came to get informed on the real contribution of the mining sector to the Sudanâ€™s economy.