The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti received Monday in his office the Ambassador of Mauritania to Khartoum and discussed progress of the bilateral relations and means of consolidating them further. The Mauritanian Ambassador conveyed to Mr. Karti the congratulation of his Mauritanian counterpart on his re-appointment to lead the diplomatic work in Sudan in the coming stage. The meeting discussed progress of the relations between Sudan and Mauritania in the economic and trade fields, the joint investments and means of enhancing the relations between the two countries, including the cancellation of entry visas between the two countries. The meeting also reviewed implementation of the protocols between the two countries in the education, health and other fields and ways to reactivate them.
The Minister of Finance and National Economy Ali Mahmoud Abdul Rassoul, briefed Monday a delegation from the African Development Bank (ADB) on the national poverty combating strategy. This came when he received the Head of the Bank's Fragile States Unit at the African Development Fund, Mrs. Sunita Pitamber, the Representative of the Bank in Sudan Al-Fatih Mohamed Khalid. The Minister called on the delegation of the African Development Bank to prepare a capacity building programme and to focus on training of human carders on preparation of general budgets in order to cope with the three-year programmes, including reduction of poverty, urging allocation of opportunities to the private sector by making use of the Bank's private Sector Unit. Meanwhile, State Minister at the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Magdi Hassan Yasin, called on the African Development Bank to contribute to the capacity building and training besides preparation of economic studies and supporting the private Sector in Sudan. The official of the African Bank, Mrs. Sunita Pitamber, affirmed readiness to support Sudan in order to make use of the training opportunities and capacity building programmes as well as allowing the private sector to make use of its private Sector Strategy and pledge to design certain programmes to cope with the three-year programmes as proposed by the Minister of Finance. She further revealed that the African Development Bank has decided to dispatch a mission in order to organize a workshop to raise the awareness of the Businessmen Federation on how to make use of the Bank's private Sector Strategy. It is to be noted that the national poverty reduction Strategy will be lodged to the Cabinet and Parliament for approval next March before forwarding it to the World Bank during the Spring meetings as well as the African Development Bank so that Sudan can make use of the programmes that require preparation of national poverty reduction strategy.
The Minister of Oil Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz, has discussed with the Director of the Nigerian Express Petroleum Company Abdul-Gadir Ibrahim Mahmoud, the activities of the company in Sudan, welcoming the company and its partners ' investments in Sudan in the field of oil and gas . Mr. AL-Jaz called through his meeting with the Director of the Nigerian Express Petroleum Company - Sudan Office - to double its efforts, accelerate its working and to benefit from the modern technology in the field of oil and gas to push ahead the oil production in the country. Meanwhile, the minister was acquainted with the work of the company that started in Sudan in 2005 at Squares (13) and (15) in the Red Sea and square (14) in northern and western Sudan
President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, was informed on the outcome of the meeting of the joint Sudanese - Ethiopian Political Committee which was held in Khartoum on Saturday President Al-Bashir has affirmed Sudan keenness to cooperate with Ethiopia in all domains This came when President Al-Bashir received yesterday a message of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zinawi, which was conveyed to him by the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, who headed the delegation of his country at the joint committee Present at the meeting was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Karti, and Sudan Ambassador to Ethiopia Gen. Abdul-Rahman Siral-Khatim Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ali Karti, said in a statement to the press after the meeting that President Al-Bashir has approved the outcome of the meeting of the joint committee and stressed the importance of consolidating further the relations with Ethiopia Karti said that the meeting touched on the agenda of the political committee between the two countries as well as Ethiopia's readiness to support Sudan at the international and regional forums, besides the projects of joint linking (electricity and roads) as well as joint water project The minister said that the meeting also reviewed the issue of economic cooperation and movement of people between the two countries and Ethiopia's affirmation to stand in support of Sudan at the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union, besides the strong stance of IGAD and the African Union concerning the issue of the International Criminal Court The Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs said in a statement to the press that he conveyed to President Al-Bashir a message from the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Melese Zinawi, dealing with the bilateral relations and regional issues of mutual concern, explaining that President Al-Bashir has affirmed Sudan keenness to cooperate with Ethiopia The Ethiopian minister said that his meeting with the President touched on the deeply-rooted and historic ties between Sudan and Ethiopia as well as issues of culture, information, economy an security of the two countries, besides water of the River Nile, affirming that the two countries have similar views on all these issues
The Minister of Information, Abdalla Ali Massar, pointed out that the killing of the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement, Dr. Khalil Ibrahim, along with 30 leading figures of the movement was an inevitable result of the path that Khalil has chosen The press release said that the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement, Dr. Khalil Ibrahim was killed yesterday, Saturday, December 24, 2011, in clashes between the Armed Forces and remnants of the Justice and Equality Movement at the border area between North Darfur and North Kordofan States The release indicated that the government has exerted strenuous efforts in order to convince the Justice and Equality Movement join the peace process, expand security stability and to boost the development in Darfur. These efforts began since the negotiations in Abache in the year 2003, and through the Abuja peace agreement and finally via the Doha Document on Peace in Darfur, but Dr. Khalil Ibrahim has shown rigidity and refuse in his stances a matter prevented reaching agreement, a matter that compelled a number of the patriotic figures in the movement to split from him and to join the peace march The release said that Khalil Ibrahim has been adopting a negative stance concerning the peace efforts, as his movement remained adherent to the method of violence, destruction, terrorizing to the secure citizens. The minister stated that the aggression which launched by the Justice and Equality Movement on Khartoum on May 10, 2008 will continue to stand as a clear evidence on the method that Khalil Ibrahim has adopted, adding that then came the direct response of the Justice and Equality Movement to the Doha Document on Peace in Darfur which reflected the choice of the citizens of Darfur, when the Justice and Equality Movement managed to join the so-called "Revolutionary Front" that threatened to undermine the citizens' stability and to stage military attacks from marginal areas to the center area so as to overthrow the government The press realse issued by the Minister of Information, the demise of Dr. Khalil Ibrahim is an inevitable and certain consequence of the path that he had chosen The release said that the broad-base government of Sudan would like to appeal in this critical phase of the history of Sudan to the arm-holders of the people of Darfur to stick to wisdom and reason and to uphold the interest of the citizens of Darfur and to join the peace process and to participate in the reconstruction the States of Darfur and to contribute effectively in the development of their country in a view that Sudan is in need of his citizens and their sincere and devoted efforts The press release affirmed that tribute must be paid to the people of Sudan and the citizens of the areas through which the rebel Justice and Equality Movement has passed, for they have provided a strong support to the Armed Forces and the other regular forces despite their suffering by extending information and contribution to the besieging of the attacking force