KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir pardoned Czech
journalist Petr Jasek on Sunday after a Sudanese court sentenced him
to 20 years imprisonment over espionage charges against Sudan.
“In honor of the historical ties between Sudan and the Czech
Republic, President al-Bashir released the Czech journalist on
Sunday,” said Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour during a
joint press conference with his Czech counterpart Lubomir Zaoralek
who arrived in Khartoum on Sunday.
“The president has carefully considered bilateral relations between
both countries, based on which the tolerant president issued this
pardon. The Czech foreign minister will receive the journalist who
will then be returning to his country today,” declared Ghandour.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek expressed his “content” over
the case’s happy ending.
Zaoralek said his visit to Sudan is the start of a new page in
bilateral ties between the two countries, remarking that during his
talks with Sudanese officials, he reiterated his country’s readiness
to augment relations with Sudan in all sectors.
Last January, a Sudanese court sentenced Czech journalist Petr Jasek
to a 20-year life sentence over espionage charges against Sudan.
Furthermore, it was discovered that Jasek disseminated reports
through an American organisation antagonistic toward Sudan, implying
that Sudan allegedly persecuted Christians in Sudan and attacked
civilian areas in South Kordofan State’s Nuba Mountains.
In October 2015, Sudanese authorities arrested the Czech journalist
four days after his entry into the country.
Sudan president vows to
provide attractive investment climate in Sudan
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday pledged
to provide attractive atmosphere for investment in Sudan.
"We reiterate that Sudan government has set up necessary plans to
achieve objectives of the Arab food security initiative via a number
of constitutional amendments together with removing all investment
barriers, providing tax and custom exemptions, freedom of cash
transfers and establishing special courts to resolve disputes," said
al-Bashir when addressing the opening session of the Third Arab
Conference for Agricultural Investment in Khartoum Monday.
"The purpose behind all these is to prepare the appropriate
investment climate and make Sudan a center of attraction for the
investors, particularly the Arabs," he noted.
The two day conference is organized by the Arab Authority for
Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID) under the theme "Our
Food Our Responsibility."
AAAID President Mohammed Bin Obaid Al-Mazrooei said that "the
importance of the conference emanates from the fact that it provides
an opportunity for deliberations on the issue of the Arab food
security to narrow the Arab food gap."
In the meantime, Chief Agronomist in China’s Ministry of
Agriculture Sun Zhonghua, addressing the conference, said that
"China’s Ministry of Agriculture has remained committed to enhancing
the agricultural cooperation with Arab countries, particularly
Senior officials from Arab countries, businessmen and investors
from all parts of the world are participating in the conference
besides a number of world and Arab organizations, representatives of
farmers unions, economists, researchers and others concerned with
the agricultural sector.
Representatives of 65 countries
take part in
friendship carnival” in Khartoum
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Representative of 65 countries on
Saturday participated in a walking activity as part of the people’s
friendship carnival, which is organized by the Council for
International People’s Friendship (CIPF) in Sudan.
The logo of the event, which is “As the two Niles embrace, the world
nations meet in Sudan,” came to incarnate the objectives of the
carnival which started from Al-Sunut forest, the biggest natural
area in the capital Khartoum, registered as a natural reserve in
Representatives of 65 countries marched the streets of Khartoum
carrying the flags of their countries and performing songs and
dances symbolizing multi-cultures.
The CIPF is organizing the peoples’ friendship carnival annually.
“This carnival confirms to the world that Sudan is living in
stability and peace,” CIPF Secretary-General in Sudan Abdul-Moniem
Al-Sunni told Xinhua.
“Representatives of 65 communities living in Sudan are participating
in the carnival. Our objective is that they convey a message to the
world about what they have found in this country which loves
peoples,” he said.
Meanwhile, the participation of the Chinese community in Khartoum
has drawn the attention in terms of the great number of participants
who were carrying the flags of both China and Sudan.
Li Guang, a female Chinese media student at the University of
Khartoum, told Xinhua that “we are participating in this carnival in
incarnation of the growing ties between China and Sudan.”
“We hope such carnivals would contribute to communication among
nations of the world. It is a wonderful humanitarian event,” she
In the meantime, members of the Ethiopian community participating in
the carnival, putting on their colorful costumes which reflected the
diversified Ethiopian culture, have performed songs and dances that
arrested the audience.
“As it is known, Ethiopia has the biggest foreign community in
Sudan. We live in peace with our brothers in Sudan and we feel like
we are in our home,” Desta Mosesa, a representative of the Ethiopian
community, told Xinhua.
“We participate for the second successive year in this carnival, and
we believe it is an important event that informs with the cultures
of nations,” he added.
Activities of the peoples’ friendship carnival included sports
shows, folkloric dances and artistic shows.
The carnival program also included a cultural symposium at the
Friendship Hall in Khartoum about the human civilization in addition
to cultural and heritage shows.
UN allocates 21 mln USD for aiding
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
The United Nations on Monday announced allocation of
21 million U.S. dollars to help thousands of people in need of
humanitarian assistance across Sudan.
The UN, through the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF), a multi-donor
fund that responds to critical humanitarian needs in Sudan, has
allocated 21 million dollars to help thousands of people in need of
humanitarian assistance across Sudan in 2017,” said UN in a
“The humanitarian challenges in Sudan are diverse and complex,
including in Darfur where over 3 million people are estimated to be
in need of humanitarian assistance,” it noted.
It said the funds to the SHF for this allocation have been donated
by the governments of Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland
and the United Kingdom.
The SHF focuses on providing emergency assistance to internally
displaced persons, refugees, and also those returning home after a
long period of displacement.
The UN is operating in Sudan via around 21 of its humanitarian
organizations; the most prominent of them is the World Food
Programme (WFP) which has been active in Sudan since 1963.
There are also around 150 foreign organizations in Sudan with their
activities focusing at the armed conflict zones where the Sudanese
army is fighting four armed groups in Darfur, South Kordofan and
Blue Nile regions.