The Minister of Defense Gen.Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein said today Friday to the Sudan radio that the government delegation have agreed to implement the disengagement between the army of South Sudan with its ninth and tenth divisions in the South Kordofan state, noting that the technical mechanisms would make the essential arrangements to implement this disengagement . The Defense Minister has warmly congratulated the peoples of the Sudan and South Sudan for the reaching the security arrangements agreement that he hoped to be an important step in the march of the Sudanese -Southerners relations, saying the agreement is an important one that would contribute in creating a suitable security and stability atmosphere between the two countries. He stressed that the agreements on issues of oil, cross-border trade, border demarcation and banking transactions were concluded and expected to be implemented within the upcoming three months . Gen. Abdel-Rahim noted that the file of Abyei area is very complicated and it needs more discussion, saying the honesty and political will is necessary for implementing these agreements to make the two countries witnessing a new stage characterized by mutual understanding and friendly cooperation between the two States. The Minister of Defense said the both sides have surpassed the problem in the African Unionâ€™s map and agreed that the mile-14 will remain a demilitarized zone and an area of peace and joint communication.
The state of Qatar has welcomed Thursday the agreement signed by Sudan and South Sudan in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, on the security arrangements and the situation of the citizens in the two countries and the economic file including resumption of oil exports. This came when an official source at the Foreign Ministry told Qatar News Agency that Qatar hopes that the agreement would contribute in reaching a resolution in all pending issues between the two neighboring countries. The source praised efforts of Ethiopia and African Union in reaching agreement. On a separate development, the European Union has congratulated Thursday Sudan and South Sudan for reaching agreements after intensive negotiations in the Ethiopian capital. In a statement issued in Brussels, Thursday the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton said " I congratulate Sudan and South Sudan for signing agreement in Addis Ababa, noting that this agreement represents a historic step for both countries and I congratulate both Governments on the leadership and spirit of compromise they have shown in reaching this agreement. She added that it is now essential for both sides to implement the agreements without delay and to start operations of exporting oil as well as resuming cross-border trade which will benefit economies of the two countries and improve the lives of their people. The President of the United States Barak Obama has also welcomed the agreement signed Thursday in Addis Ababa between Sudan and South Sudan, describing it as " historic". " This agreement breaks new ground in support of the international vision of two viable states at peace with each other, and represents substantial progress in resolving the outstanding security and economic issues between Sudan and South Sudan.", Obama said. The US President said that the Sudanese and South Sudanese people who have suffered greatly through decades of conflict deserve the benefits of a lasting peace - a peace that can only be achieved through continued dialogue and negotiation, sustained implementation of the agreements reached to date, and steadfast work to resolve remaining issues. Meanwhile, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed the agreements signed between the Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan. Speaking from New York, where he is attending the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Secretary said: "I welcome the news of the signing today (Thursday) of agreements between the Sudanese and South Sudanese Presidents. They represent a significant stride towards the goal of resolving all outstanding disputes between the two countries, and building a constructive and neighborly relationship. The resumption of oil exports, enshrinement of the rights of citizens and the immediate implementation of border security measures will be of enormous benefit to both countries.
The Council of Ministers approved at its regular meeting Thursday chaired by the First Vice President of the Republic Ali Osman Taha, the goals and guidelines of the state budget for the year 2013, presented by the Minister of Finance and National Economy Ali Mahmoud.The Spokesman of the Cabinet Omer Mohamed Salih said in press statements that the report pointed to continuity of policies and reforms which were developed in the second half of the 2012 within the objectives of the tripartite program on economic stability which targeted achievement of positive growth in the gross domestic product (GDP), reducing inflation rate to secured limits and restoring flexible exchange rate to attract resources for organized market as well as reduction of the deficit in the budget and the balance of payments. Mr. Salih said that the objectives of the budget included achievement of self-sufficiency in strategic commodities (wheat, sugar and edible oils, Dura and petroleum products), rationalization of government spending and increasing production of export goods (minerals, animal production and gum arabic) and raising the rate of oil production. He added that objectives of the budget encompassed development of water resources, continuation in establishment of the national roads and railway rehabilitation as well as raising the standard of living for vulnerable social segments, expanding health insurance coverage and financing of the self-employment program for graduates. On the other hand the Council of Ministers approved the report of social security mechanisms for the year 2011 presented by the minister of social welfare Amira Alfadil.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Ahmed Karti has held meetings with his counterparts from various states at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. The Foreign Minister has participated in a joint meeting of the foreign ministers of the member states of the African Union Peace and Security Council and Arab Security Council which discussed situation in Sudan, Mali and Somalia. In a statement before the meeting, Mr. Karti has reviewed the agreements that concluded in Addis Ababa by the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Albashir and President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, praising the role of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and the efforts of Ethiopia. He has reviewed in the Sudan and South Sudan consultative forum the agreements reached by the two countries in which the UN Secretary-General, Ban KI-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Jean Ping took part. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has highlighted the role of the President of the Republic in realizing peace in Sudan starting from the reaching the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and its implementation as well as it recognition with the result of the referendum and the establishment of new born South Sudan country .
The Minister of Finance and National Economy Ali Mahmoud has disclosed convening of an economic forum by the end of October to tackle the economic situations in the country. The minister said Thursday in statements to the press at the Council of Ministers that a number of working papers would be presented to address the economic situation in the country. He added that the guidelines of the state budget for 2013 focused on the need to continue in the economic reform policies and to move forward in the implementation of the tripartite program for economic stability, stressing continuation of his ministry in the implementation of social support programs, in supporting development projects and in improving the living conditions of citizens beside commitment to implement the peace agreements signed in Darfur and eastern Sudan ,pointing out that the budget for the year 2013 aims to achieve a positive growth rate in the gross domestic product (GDP) to be higher than the growth rate in 2012. The Finance Minister predicted there would be an improvement in the economic performance in 2013, revealing that the ministry will work to continue to stabilize the exchange rate against foreign currencies besides realization of low rates of inflation. The minister expected an increase in the export goods such as minerals, vegetable oils, grains, livestock and oil. He explained that the guidelines of state budget for 2013 have been discussed at the level of the economic sector, the Strategic Planning Council, Sudan Workers' Trade Union Federation and the Council of Agricultural Development and the Federation of Sudanese Employers and Businessmen, in addition to experts and university professors.