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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir frees jailed Czech journalist

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.
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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 Sudan."

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.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Representatives of 65 countries take part in
“peoples’ 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 1939.

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 noted.

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.

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UN allocates 21 mln USD for aiding needy Sudanese

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 statement Monday.

“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.

 

             

 

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