Sudan inches closer to clearing IMF arrears

(WASHINGTON) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced today that it has approved a financing package for Sudan which would enable it to clear IMF arrears. “Today, the IMF Executive Board approved a financing plan that will help mobilize the resources needed for the IMF to cover its share of debt relief to Sudan. This financing plan relies on a broad effort of IMF member countries, including cash grants and…

Sudan transfers Ethiopian soldiers seeking asylum to refugee camp

(EL FASHER) - The Commission for Refugees (COR) in North Darfur State transferred to refugee camps Ethiopian soldiers have defected seeking political asylum after working in the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID. The defectors who are from the Tigray region say fear for their life after the eruption of the war between the federal government and the TPLF in northern Ethiopia. "The first batch of asylum seekers left El…

Sudan declines UAE initiative on border dispute with Ethiopia

(KHARTOUM) - Sudan has officially informed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of its adherence to placing border markers with Ethiopia before entering into investment projects in the disputed Fashaqa area. The head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, returned to Khartoum after talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on Sunday. The meeting took place after a written response Khartoum sent to Abu Dhabi last April and…

S. Sudan president reconstitutes national assembly

(JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has issued a reconstituting the country’s Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA). The decree, announced on the state-owned television, comes days after the South Sudanese leader dissolved both the TNLA and the Council of States. Kiir appointed representatives of parties to the September 2018 peace agreement and the former transitional government, which includes representatives from the National Agenda and the Democratic Change party. The…

Al-Burhan, MBZ discuss Sudan-Ethiopia border dispute, GERD talks

(KHARTOUM) - Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed discussed the Emirati initiatives on the border dispute between Sudan and Ethiopia and the stalled Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Al-Burhan arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday accompanied by the Sudanese Cabinet Minister Khaled Omer Youssef. He and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince held a meeting to discuss the two issues after his…

S. Sudan’s President dissolves Parliament, Council of States

(JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has dissolved the country’s parliament as part of the September 2018 peace agreement. Kiir’s decision was announced on the state-owned television on Saturday. The new Parliament will, in accordance with the 2018 peace deal, have up to 550 lawmakers, the majority of them from the governing party (SPLM). On the other hand, 100 members will form the Council of States, up from 50.…

Delay to join SWIFT prevents Sudanese banks from making international transfers

(KHARTOUM) - The reason for Sudanese failure to make or receive international banking transfers up to now that the east African country has not yet joined the SWIFT messaging network. Sudan has been removed from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism in December 2020, but up to now the Sudanese banks cannot receive or send financial transfers. The failure has affected the government ability to fight the black market…

U.S special envoy to visit South Sudan on Sunday

May 8, 2021(WASHINGTON) – The United States Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Donald Booth is scheduled to visit South Sudan from May 9-13, 2021. A statement from the U.S. State Department said Booth will hold meetings with government officials, political stakeholders, and civil society as well as international partners during his visit. “The Special Envoy’s travel underscores the United States’ commitment to work with IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority…