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Sudan and UNDP launch PAVE project against violent extremism

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 launching event.

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 the event.

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 probable risks.”

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 convicts

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.

A 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.”




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