KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday
urged the African countries to implement the decisions of the
African Union (AU) summit and withdraw from the membership of
the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it failed to respond
to the African demands.
Wednesday held talks in Khartoum with President of Rwanda Paul
Kagame, who is the head of the current AU session.
“Sudan is inviting
its brotherly African countries to implement the decisions of
the AU summit, particularly the withdrawal from the ICC
membership, if it failed to respond to the African demands,”
said al-Bashir when addressing the session of the joint talks.
He praised Rwanda’s
strong positions in support of Sudan’s just causes at the
regional and international forums as well as its stance against
He further commended
Rwanda’s contribution in field of achieving peace and stability
in the African continent via its active participation in the
President of Rwanda
Paul Kagame, for his part, reiterated keenness to enhance his
country’s ties with Sudan in all fields in a manner that
achieves common interests.
session of the joint talks, he said Sudan and Rwanda can work
together as friends to achieve the interests of their peoples.
He renewed his
country’s firm stance against the ICC, saying it is a position
adopted by the AU summits that urged its countries to withdraw
from it and not to recognize it.
arrived in Khartoum on Wednesday in an official visit to Sudan
in response to an invitation by his Sudanese counterpart.
Last February, the
AU passed a resolution on colective withdrawal from the ICC, but
the decision is non-abiding as Nigeria and Senegal are opposing
the withdrawal decision.
South Africa and
Burundi have previously withdrawn from the ICC, accusing it of
unfairly targetting the Africans.
Around 34 African
countries have signed the Rome Statute which established the ICC.
On March 2009, the
ICC issued an arrest warrant against al-Bashir for allegedly
committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s
Sudan approves 2018 budget to
boost growth, reduce inflation
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudan’s Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved
the country’s general budget for 2018, which tends to boost
growth rate and reduce the inflation rate.
Omer Mohamed Saleh,
spokesman of Sudan’s council of ministers, said the budget tends
to achieve a growth rate of 4 percent and reduce the inflation
rate to 19.5 percent, noting that the budget does not include
The budget also
includes measures to reduce government expenditure, he added.
He announced that
the government would continue supporting life saving medicines
in addition to provision of 60,000 posts for the graduates in
the coming year.
The budget revenues
for 2017 amounted to 77.7 billion Sudanese pounds (11.6 billion
U.S. dollars), while the expenditure registered 96.2 billion
deficit in current year’s budget amounted to 18.5 billion
Sudan has announced
a package of economic measures to revive the economy and contain
the decline of the national currency against foreign currencies.
The secession of
South Sudan in 2011 has negatively affected the Sudanese economy
as the country lost around 70 percent of its oil revenues,
creating a big gap in the foreign exchange market and the