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Khartoum secures release of three foreigners held in South Sudan | Coastweek

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Oil workers released by a rebel group in South Sudan arrive at the international airport in Khartoum, Sudan. The rebel group set free two Indian workers and one Pakistani worker on March 19. XINHUA PHOTOS - MOHAMED BABIKER

Khartoum secures release of three foreigners held in South Sudan

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan government on Thursday said it secured the release of three foreign oil workers held by a South Sudanese rebel group since March 19.

The three workers, two Indians and a Pakistani, arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum Thursday.

A Sudanese mediation led to the release of the three workers who work for the DAR, a joint consortium of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China’s Sinopec and Malaysia’s Petronas.

"At a request by the Indian and Pakistani governments, Sudan, in complete coordination with the Ethiopian government, has managed to bring back the two countries’ three citizens who were seized by South Sudanese opposition groups inside South Sudan," said a Sudanese Security Source Thursday.

"Intensive efforts have been made that resulted in the release of the three workers who arrived in Khartoum Thursday through Addis Ababa, and have been handed to the Indian and Pakistani embassies," he noted.

Iyas Hussein Jamal, the released Pakistani worker, told reporters that "I was arrested on March 19, and received good treatment from the group which held me. I’m now in good health."

On March 19, South Sudan rebels announced the arrest of three foreign oil workers.

South Sudan has been witnessing a civil war since 2013 when fighting erupted between the government army and defectors loyal to former South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Sudan says faces low production in oil industry

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s oil industry is facing difficulties relating low production and depletion of a number of current oil wells and fields, Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum and Gas Mohamed Zayed Awad said on Wednesday.

"The oil industry in the country is facing challenges, which requires developing the human cadres to cope with the great global transformations in this field," said Awad when addressing the seventh conference of Sudanese Society for Petroleum Geology.

He urged the oil institutions to cope with requirements of oil industry and change the syllabuses to go in line with the requirements of the market.

Sudan is seeking to increase its oil production after losing 75 percent of its oil revenues following the separation of South Sudan in 2011.

Before separation, Sudan’s oil production amounted to 450,000 barrels a day, while it is set at about 120,000 barrels a day presently.

           

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