KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudan’s National Commission for Counter Terrorism (SNCCT),
in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on
Thursday launched the project of Partnering Against Violent
Extremism (PAVE) in presence of Sudan’s First Vice-President and
Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh.
Government representatives, SNCCT members, UN officials, donors,
concerned ministries, civil society organizations, religious leaders
and youth groups involved in determining the strategies and solution
for combating violent extremism in Sudan were present at the
Sudan’s First-Vice President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh
reiterated Sudan government’s commitment to cooperating in
countering violent extremism in the country.
“We once again reiterate Sudan government’s commitment to
cooperating against violent extremism,” said Saleh when addressing
UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident
Representative in Sudan Marta Ruedas, for her part, said that
violent extremism is not affecting just Sudan, but the region as a
whole and the world beyond.
She further commended Sudan government’s effort in combating violent
extremism, saying “I’m particularly pleased that the Government of
Sudan has taken this step to examine the root-causes of violent
extremism in order to better tailor the appropriate response.”
SNCCT Director General Mohamed Jamal Eldin Ahmed, meanwhile, said
that “Terrorism is not a local challenge, but it has turned to be a
global one, and therefore we establish this partnership with the
UNDP with the aim to resolve this thorny issue and lessen the
Based on the PAVE project, the partners would formulate a program
for countering violent extremism based on three axes, including
communication activities and provision of alternative living
resources with the aim to give a message on tolerance and peaceful
co-existence to resolve the root-causes of violent extremism.
Sudan summons U.S.
envoy over Trump travel ban
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan Foreign Ministry on Thursday
summoned the U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Khartoum to protest the
travel ban, which restricts entry of Sudanese citizens, among six
other countries, into the United States.
Sudan’s foreign ministry Under-Secretary Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeem
expressed Sudan’s dismay to Steven Koutsis, the U.S. diplomat, over
the travel ban, said Sudan’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.
Sudan is waiting for the removal of its name from the U.S. list of
countries sponsoring terrorism, and is calling the United States for
partnership in peace, security and development, it added.
The statement also said that Sudan would continue its cooperation as
a partner in combating terrorism and achieving the regional and
international peace and security.
Trump issued a new executive order on March 6 which maintained a
90-day ban on nationals of Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Iran and
Somalia from entering the United States, effective from March 16.
Notably missing from the list is Iraq, which has been subject to a
similar ban imposed in January.
Sudan releases 259 pardoned rebel
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudanese authorities on Thursday released 259
convicts of rebel groups, some of whom were sentenced to death, just
one day after a presidential pardon.
The decision came as part of the “good will represented in the
exchange of prisoners of war between the government and the armed
movements,” said Gen. Saeed Daihya Bakheet, director of the central
prison in Khartoum, at a press conference.
leading member in the rebel Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM),
Abdul-Aziz Usher, also expressed hope that his colleagues who have
not been included in the pardon would also be released.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday issued pardons for
259 members of rebel movements “with the aim to enhance the spirit
of national accord and prepare the climate for achieving sustainable
peace in the country.”