President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, yesterday received at the Guest House the Qatari State Minister and Secretary General of the Family Affairs Council, Sheikh Hamad bin Naser bin Jasim Al-Thani, in the presence of the Ambassador of Qatar to Sudan, Rashid bin Al-Abdul-Rahman Al-Nuaimi President Al-Bashir has appreciated the distinguished relations between Sudan and Qatar, lauding the great role being played by the State of Qatar in supporting Sudan issues Meanwhile, Sheikh Hamad affirmed the keenness of Qatar to establish investment projects in Sudan, pointing to the Qatari partnerships at all levels and its major economic projects, including Al-Diyar, Mawashi and Hassad project in Abu Hamad area
President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, has commended the Kenyan efforts to realize peace and stability in Sudan by sponsoring the peace negotiations that led to the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Naivasha. President Al-Bashir has commended the efforts of Kenya for establishing good neighborliness relations between Sudan and South Sudan after the separation of the South Sudan, affirming Sudan determination to realize peace and stability in the region as well as the seriousness of the government to establish relations of good neighborliness ties with South Sudan. This came when the President of the Republic received yesterday at the Republican Palace the visiting Kenyan Vice - President, Kalonzo Musyoka, who handed him a written message from his Kenyan counterpart, Muwai Kibaki, in the presence of the State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Salah Wanasi. Meanwhile, the State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Salah Wanasi, said in a statement to the press that the President of the Republic has expressed his appreciations over the Kenyan role in the CPA and realizing peace between Sudan and South Sudan, thanking the Kenyan President Kibaki over the Kenyan Initiative and his concern with Sudan. Wanasi said that President Al-Bashir affirmed to the Kenyan Envoy Sudan keenness to establish stable relations with the State of South Sudan, affirming that the peace agreement faced many difficulties with regard to the security arrangements and borders, but Sudan government has been working to achieve peace He said that the President pointed out that the visit of the delegation of South Sudan to Khartoum, headed by Pagan Amom, sent some positive signals that could lead to peace, affirming that the communications would be retained towards the establishment of stable relations Meanwhile, the Kenyan Vice - President, Kalonzo Musyoka, said in a statement to the press after his meeting with the President of the Republic that he handed over a written message from the Kenyan President on the initiative to establish good relations between Sudan and South Sudan as well as consolidating the bilateral relations between Sudan and Kenya. He affirmed the seriousness of his country to contribute to establishing good and stable relations between Sudan and South Sudan. He further expressed to President Al-Bashir the support of his country to the framework agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa as well as the proposed summit between Presidents Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir, scheduled to be held next April in Juba. He also affirmed the support of Nairobi to the meeting of the political, security and military committee, scheduled to be held on March 30 in Addis Ababa. Meanwhile, the Assistant of the President of the Republic, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, received at his office at the Republican Palace Sunday the Kenyan envoy, who affirmed Kenya support to the steps taken so far with regard to the relations between Sudan and South Sudan as well as Kenya's keenness to establish relations of good neighborhood between Khartoum and Juba
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Ahmed Kerti, received at his office yesterday the resident Coordinator of Development and Humanitarian Affairs and Representative of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sudan, Dr. Ali Hassan Al Zaatari, who handed him a copy of his credentials. The minister briefed the UN official on the latest developments and the situation in Sudan as well as the great efforts of the government for realizing development, urging the UN and its General Secretariat to put political calculations aside and to deal with Sudan issues seriously in a view that Sudan is an effective member state and has rights that must be fulfilled. The minister emphasized the importance of resetting of the UN priorities in Sudan in an appropriate way, explaining that Sudan government has fulfilled its requirements toward the UN, but the political conditions are real impediment for extending the sufficient support to the UN Agencies and organizations in Sudan The minister said that what has been achieved by Sudan by virtue of its own resources in domains of development and infrastructure, under absent UN assistance, is considered a miracle The Minister of Foreign Affairs further promised to assist the new Coordinator so as to carry out his mission in Sudan in the best way. The Representative of UNDP in Sudan revealed the intention to set a framework for cooperation with Sudan, explaining that this issue was discussed with the concerned authorities, highlighting on the programs being implemented by the UNDP in several areas in Sudan and called for access of the UN agencies to some areas to inspect the humanitarian and development situations.
The Cabinet Affairs Minister, Dr. Ahmed Saad Omer, has underscored the importance of precautions for confronting the challenges for providing security, stability and basic requirements for the citizens at their locations. This came in his address to the opening sitting of the First Commissioners' Session, which was organized by the Council of Ministers in the context of the program for qualification of leaders during March - 28 at the Training Center in Abu Haraz area. He said that the objective of the workshop is to deliberate and hold consultations on the local government issues and the qualification of commissioners. Dr. Omer affirmed the keenness of the state to reactivate the role of the localities and the reliance on them with regard to investment and development projects Meanwhile, the administrative expert, Ali Jaragandi, stated in his working paper before the workshop, on Financial Federalism and directives for enhancement of local revenues, that the development of local resources necessitates providing the basic requirements for getting these resources. The paper tackled the directives for the local revenues' enhancement according to the Interim Constitution for the year 2005.
The government affirmed its keenness to cooperate and to coordinate efforts with the United Nations Humanitarian organizations and expressed its hope that the presence of the US Envoy in Sudan will assist in completing the issues of peace and stability between the Sudan and South Sudan as well as fulfilling the commitment expressed by the United States toward Darfur issue This came when the Minister of Justice, Mohamed Bushara Dosa, received at his office at the Justice Tower yesterday the US Chief Adviser on Darfur, Ambassador Dan Smith The meeting focused on the relations between Sudan and the United States as well as the relations between the Justice authorities and the International human rights organizations. The minister said that Sudan is dealing with the human rights issues with maximum transparency and highlighted on a number of observations with regard to the dealing of the United States with Sudan in different fields, affirming that Sudan is working to establish partnership and to boost cooperation with the United States in all fields to serve the interest of the two countries He affirmed the determination of the government to realize justice in Darfur through Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, highlighting on the procedures taken so far in the implementation, including the appointment of General Prosecutor for the Crimes in Darfur and establishment of Special Court in Darfur to bring to justice whoever committed crimes or human rights violations, affirming that there will be no impunity. The minister affirmed the importance of support to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur by the international donors through Darfur Support Fund. Dosa said that the American official inquired about the possibility of allowing international observers to attend court hearings in Darfur, explaining that this was stipulated for by the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, adding that this would be applied through certain procedures after approval of the government.