KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
A major opposition alliance in Sudan on Monday
declared its agreement on an African Union (AU)-proposed
road-map to end war in the country.
The opposition Sudan
Call, an alliance bringing together Sudanese armed groups and
opposition parties, said it would sign the road-map, proposed
last March by the AU.
“We will sign the
road-map during a meeting between the leaders of the parties and
the AU mediator Thabo Mbeki, to be convened soon in Addis Ababa
or Johannesburg,” Omer Al-Digair, head of the Sudanese Congress
Party, a major party in the opposition alliance, said at a press
conference in Khartoum, without giving a specific date for the
“The matter depends
on the mediator’s acceptance of our demands, including the call
for a preparatory meeting in Addis Ababa,” he added.
Mariam Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi,
Deputy Chairperson of the opposition National Umma Party, for
her part, said “there will be nothing to prevent us from signing
the road-map after agreeing on our demands.”
Last March, the
African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP)
proposed a road-map agreement for the Sudanese rivals,
stipulating arrangements related to cease-fire at South Kordofan,
Blue Nile and Darfur regions, entering a peace process and
involving the armed movements in the national dialogue currently
convened in Khartoum.
government unilaterally signed the road-map agreement, while the
rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector,
the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the Sudan
Liberation Movement (SLA)/Minni Minnawi faction and the
opposition National Umma Party refused to sign the deal.
The Darfur armed
groups and the SPLM/northern sector insist that a preparatory
conference should be held, according to decisions by the AU
Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council, to bring
together all the Sudanese political forces to agree on
procedures to initiate an equitable dialogue with the
government, a demand that the Sudanese government rejects.
Arab League voices concern
over South Sudan deadly clashes
CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) --
The Cairo-based Arab League (AL) voiced concern
over the recent deadly clashes in South Sudan between loyalists
of the country’s president and vice-president in the capital
Juba, the pan-Arab body said in a statement Monday.
"Escalation of violence and fights to reach several areas in
South Sudan topped by the capital city Juba may have serious
consequences that could be hard to control or completely contain
in the short run," the statement warned.
Hundreds have been killed in the recent three-day
confrontations in South Sudan’s capital Juba between soldiers
loyal to President Salva Kiir and troops backing his rival
Vice-President Riek Machar. South Sudan’s health ministry said
271 were killed in the fighting on Friday alone.
"This issue raises great fears about the future of security
and stability in this newly-established country that represents
an important neighborhood to the Arab region," the AL statement
That Arab organization also urged the fighting parties to
abide by the peace agreement they signed in August 2015, which
ended a civil war that broke up in December 2013.
Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Ministry also expressed "great
concern" over South Sudan deadly clashes, calling both sides for
self-restraint to avoid returning to war and destruction and
waste the gains of peace.
"Egypt will always be ready to provide assistance to the
brothers in South Sudan to overcome their disagreements," the
Egyptian ministry said in a statement Monday, voicing support
for every regional and international effort to end bloodshed and
restore stability in South Sudan.
Sudan’s president accuses
ICC of corruption
NOUAKCHOTT Mauritania (Xinhua) --
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of engaging
The Sudanese president was speaking during the 27th edition
of the Arab League Summit that was held in Mauritanian capital,
"This institution is undermined by corruption and its actions
do not contribute to justice at the international level, but
only tarnishes our country’s image," al-Bashir said.
"Media recently released information linking ICC to corrupt
activities and we have documents that show real evidence," the
Sudanese president said.
In 2009 and 2010, the ICC issued two arrest warrants against
al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity and
The two arrest warrants are in relation to the violence that
occurred in Darfur, western Sudan, where over 300,000 lives were
Arab League chief
reiterates support for Sudan
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
The Arab League (AL) Secretary General has
re-iterated the AL’s support for Sudan, noting that the league
will stand with Khartoum to foster cooperation among Arab
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday received Ahmed
Aboul-Gheit, who arrived in Khartoum in his first visit since
assuming his post.
"All Sudan’s initiatives before the coming Arab summit will
receive the league’s concern, and the AL has prepared a report
about president al-Bashir’s initiative on the Arab food security
that will be presented to the Arab leaders to find a mechanism
to fund the project," Aboul-Gheit told reporters following his
meeting with al-Bashir.
He said he discussed with al-Bashir the efforts to reactivate
the mechanisms of joint Arab action.
State minister of Sudan’s Foreign Ministry Obeid-Allah
Mohamed Obeid-Allah, for his part, told reporters that "Sudan
welcomes the visit of the AL chief and supports his tasks under
the great challenges facing the league."
"Sudan supports the secretary general and will cooperate with
him in a manner that strengthens the relationship between Sudan
and the Arab league," he noted.
Sudan-China week in Khartoum
to promote bilateral ties
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
The Green Square, the largest square in the
Sudanese capital Khartoum, has taken on Sudanese and Chinese
flags as well as posters and slogans glorifying the historic
ties between the two countries in Sudan-China Relations’ Week.
It’s organized by
the Higher Committee for Supervising Sudanese-Chinese relations
in cooperation with the Council for International People’s
Friendship (CIPF) and the Chinese Embassy in Khartoum.
The week includes
political, cultural, heritage and sport activities as well as
Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz,
Sudanese official in charge of Sino-Sudanese relations’ file,
and Li Lianhe, Chinese Ambassador to Sudan, inaugurated an
exhibition about Chinese culture and the Sino-Sudanese ties.
“The week reflects
the remarkable development in the deeply-rooted Sino-Sudanese
ties,” Al-Jaz told reporters.
“The Sudanese and
Chinese youths are the ones that make this event, and despite
the fact that they speak different languages, they act based on
common respect. This is the message of the Sino-Sudanese
relations’ week and we hope it would be a foundation for further
activities,” he said.
Sudan’s willingness to enhance the partnership with China in all
fields, saying “Sudan highly expresses its appreciation for
China’s historical stances towards the Sudanese issues and for
the valuable assistance China has provided to Sudan without
bargaining or extortion.”
to Sudan Li Lianhe, for his part, expressed his country’s
appreciation for the efforts made by Sudan to preserve the
deeply-rooted relations between the two countries.
“The ties between
China and Sudan is historic, and since the establishment of the
diplomatic relationship, the bilateral ties have witnessed
continuing development in all fields,” said Li.
He stressed China’s
commitment in enhancing its cooperation with Sudan for the
mutual interests of the two countries’ peoples.
The diplomatic ties
between Sudan and China were established on Jan. 4, 1959. The
first protocol for commercial exchange between the two countries
was signed in 1962.
China is Sudan’s
biggest trade partner; Sudan, in turn, ranks third among China’s
African economic partners.
Sudanese pound registers
unprecedented decline against U.S. dollar
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
The Sudanese pound on Tuesday sharply
declined against the U.S. dollar, with exchange price of a
dollar reaching 14.5 Sudanese pounds, according to currency
"The exchange rate of one U.S. dollar reached 14.5 pounds,
the lowest rate which has been registered by the pound so far,"
dealers in foreign currencies at the parallel market told Xinhua
The official price of the dollar, set by the Central Bank of
Sudan, is 6.6 Sudanese pounds.
The dealers expected the dollar price to hit 15 pounds within
the coming two days.
The Sudanese pound has been declining in an unprecedented
manner since the secession of South Sudan in 2011, which caused
the country to lose around 70 percent of its oil revenues,
creating a big gap in the foreign exchange market and the
The separation has also negatively affected the state budget
which dropped to around 50 percent, causing a huge budget
The Sudanese government has adopted a package of economic
measures to revive the economy, including an increase in oil
prices, but it has not prevented the Sudanese pound from