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Sudan and Turkey re-iterate commitment to security of Red Sea

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan and Turkey on Tuesday reiterated commitment to the security of the Red Sea area in eastern Sudan, expressing readiness to work together to ensure stability and security in the Red Sea.

Foreign ministers of Sudan and Turkey on Tuesday held a press conference in Khartoum at the conclusion of the visit of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Sudan.

"750 km of shores are Sudan’s border at the Red Sea area, while 86 percent of the world oil trade pass through the area, and therefore, the security of the Red Sea is extremely important," said Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour at the joint press conference.

"One of the agreements signed between Sudan and Turkey is on establishment of a port at the Red Sea for maintenance of civilian and military ships," he added.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that "Turkey attaches concern to the Red Sea as it is a strategic area."

"The security of Africa and Sudan is important for Turkey. We will continue to provide the necessary support for Sudan to face any security issues at this area, and we have a military base in Somalia," noted Cavusoglu.

Erdogan on Sunday arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum as the first stop of his tour in Africa that will also take him to Chad and Tunisia.

Erdogan’s visit marked the first time that a Turkish president has ever visited Sudan since the independence of the North African nation in 1956.

During the visit, the Turkish president was accompanied a great economic delegation including more than 200 Turkish businessmen.


Sudan announces resumption of negotiations with major rebels in January 2018

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan government on Tuesday announced resumption of negotiations with rebels of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector regarding South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas in January 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"The negotiations with the SPLM/northern sector will be resumed next January," head of the Sudanese government negotiating delegation Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid said in a statement.

Hamid expected reaching a peace agreement, saying "we expect to reach a peace deal if the movement is serious."

He expressed hope that the SPLM/northern sector would change its vision towards the negotiation process and be serious, noting that "the citizens are fed up with war, and the armed movements will not find anyone to support them, therefore, they should side with peace."

More than 10 rounds of peace talks have been held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the Sudanese government and the SPLM/ northern sector under the patronage of the African Union, but have failed to reach a peace deal regarding South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas.

The SPLM/northern sector has recently been suffering from internal divisions which resulted in the removal of the movement’s Chairman Malik Agar and appointment of his former deputy Abdel Aziz al-Hilu in his place last July.

The movement has been fighting Khartoum government at South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas since 2011.

Sudan sharply devaluates pound against U.S. dollar

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Monday officially devaluated Sudanese pound (SDG) against U.S. dollar from 6.9 to 18 pounds.

Abdul-Rahman Dirar, Sudan’s State Minister at Ministry of Finance, made the announcement at a press conference.

The official exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against SDG at the Central Bank of Sudan has been 6.9, with an incentive on the transfers to attract the savings of the Sudanese expatriates.

Sudan has recently 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 exchange rate.

Additionally, the lifting of the U.S. economic sanctions on Sudan last October 6 fails to stop the decline of the Sudanese pound against U.S. dollar.



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