PRESS AND INFORMATION RELEASE
The Sudanese Government and people have watched with grave concern the failed coup attempt that was carried out last Friday evening (15 July 2016) by some renegades against the democratically elected Turkish government.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to congratulate the President, government and people of the brotherly Turkish Republic on the decisive triumph of their national will and the restoration of legitimacy that consolidates the progress towards comprehensive Turkish renaissance.
Our two sister countries share historical bonds and links that oblige the Sudan to express strong solidarity and support for the Turkish leadership and people who strive to consolidate stability, security and development and confirm the well-deserved lofty international status of the brotherly Turkish Republic.
Khartoum, 16 July 2016
Abd Elghani Elnaim Awad Elkarim
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan is astounded by the Report that was issued by Amnesty International containing various allegations that the Sudanese Army has used chemical weapons in Darfur. The allegations are timed to overlap with the most welcome official acknowledgement (internally and regionally) that the Darfur conflict that flared up in 2003 is over: the term of office of the Darfur Regional Authority that was formed in 2011 in compliance with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur has come to an end after laying the foundations for the peace currently prevailing in Darfur. The successful conclusion of the requirements of the Doha Document for Peace was celebrated recently in the presence of all international partners and relevant heads of State.
Moreover, UNAMID troops, a total of 17,500 are tasked since 2008 with monitoring human rights violations or violations of International Humanitarian Laws. The Mission has submitted five reports to the Security Council this year, none of which referred to any of these biased allegations. Several international envoys including the independent human rights expert and the US envoy for the Sudan and South Sudan have visited our country last August. All of them noted the positive developments which they witnessed on the ground.
The Sudan is party since 1998 to the International Convention on Prohibition of Production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons, and was never in a position to produce or possess chemical weapons.
These fabricated allegations remind us of the destruction of Al Shifa Pharmaceutical Factory in Khartoum North in 1998 on the basis of misleading intelligence information that claimed it was a chemical weapons producing centre. That turned out to be incorrect and the owner was duly compensated.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to absolutely refute Amnesty International's allegations, which are baseless and fabricated and deserve to be seen as such.
The purpose of such allegations is to obstruct the pioneering efforts in the Sudan along the path of peace, stability, economic development, consolidation of social cohesion and reconciliation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is confident of the awareness of all regional and international partners of the actual stability in Darfur and of the Sudan's comprehensive efforts to achieve security, peace and national reconciliation.
Issued in Khartoum
29 September 2016
The Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In his meeting with the UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon yesterday 9th June 2016, Sudan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, reiterated the commitment of the Government of Sudan to the Road Map Agreement, which it signed on the 21 March 2016 during the Strategic Meeting facilitated by the African Union High Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP). Professor Ghandour urged the international community to exert more pressure on the rebels and their allied opposition groups to sign the agreement stressing that political negotiations are the only route to peace in the country. Mr Ban Ki Moon from his side reaffirmed the support of the United Nations to the Road Map Agreement to achieve peace and stability in the two areas.
Human Rights Watch deserves respect because it stood against the grain during the G. Bush presidency and said that the crisis in Darfur was not a Genocide.
However, the report entitled Sudan: Silencing Women Rights Defenders, dated March 23, 2016 about Sudanese women is flawed, incomplete and selective. It did not mention that Sudanese women have campaigned for and won equal pay for equal work, the right to vote, 32% of seats in Parliament (130 MPs), representation in the Cabinet, 14 Ambassadors, appointments in the Judiciary ( unlike neighbouring Middle Eastern countries) including the High Court and legal advisors to the President. 67% of higher education students are women, 41% of legal attorneys as well as 17% of police officers are women.
60th Anniversary of Independence
On New Year’s Day 1956 the Republic of the Sudan was born. It stood on the foundations of many African kingdoms in Nubia, Darfur, Kordofan, Blue Sultanate and South Sudan.
The declaration of independence came about peacefully when the first elected parliament of 1953 voted unanimously for complete independence from the Anglo-Egyptian colonial administration.