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
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
"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
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
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.