German to head Sudan’s democratic transition mission

(KHARTOUM) - German diplomat Volker Perthes has become the new head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the United Nations and the Sudanese government said. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres informed the Security Council about the appointment in a letter to the 15-member council on Wednesday, according to a statement by the National Executive Committee for coordination with UNITAMS. "Perthes brings to this position over 25…

Sudan hails bridge loan agreement with U.S.

(KHARTOUM) - The U.S. and Sudan signed a $1 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a bridge loan to pay Khartoum’s arrears to the World Bank (WB). The Sudanese Minister of Finance Heba Muhammad Ali signed the MoU with the U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin who arrived today for a one-day visit. Mnuchin’s visit is the first by a senior U.S. official to after Sudan was removed from the list…

SRF groups get seven portfolios in Sudan’s new cabinet

(KHARTOUM) - The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) factions have agreed to grant the latter 7 ministries, amid expectations that a new government would be announced next week. In accordance with the Juba Peace Agreement, the SRF factions will get 25% of the cabinet portfolios, which equates to 7 ministries out of a total of 26. "The FFC and SRF reached an agreement…

Sudan’s Sovereign Council distances itself from its secretary-general

(KHARTOUM) - The Sovereign Council, Sunday, distanced itself from statements made by a military official supporting a businessman accused of corruption and linked to the ousted regime. However, the statements stirred up a controversy over the presence of such military in key positions at the Sudanese presidency after the popular revolution that ousted the former regime in April 2019. Some dozens of people supporting Fadl Mohamed Khair a businessman linked…

South, Egypt, Ethiopia to discuss possible mediation for GERD talks

(KHARTOUM) - The irrigation ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia will resume talks Sunday to discuss ways to establish a mediation team after nine years of endless direct talks over the Renaissance Dam. On November 21, 2020, Sudan suspended its participation in the talks on the first filing of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as the other parties declined its call for a new approach after nine years of…

Sudan rejects accusations of carrying out attacks inside Ethiopia

(KHARTOUM) - President of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan who is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces stated that the Sudanese army had been redeployed along the Sudanese side in the border Ethiopia. The Sudanese armed forces "have not and will not cross international borders or attack neighbouring Ethiopia," al-Burhan stressed in a speech on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of independence, on Thursday evening. His statements come in…

Hemetti seeks traditional settlement to disputes between Darfur’s JEM groups

(KHARTOUM) - The deputy head of the Sovereignty Council is brokering a mediation between the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and a splinter faction over the murder of its former leader Mohamed Bashar near the Chadian border in Darfur region. Bashar and his deputy Arko Dahia were killed in May 2013 in an attack on his convoy which was heading to Khartoum after signing a peace deal in Doha with…

Ibrahim calls to allow Islamist groups to resume political activities

(KHARTOUM) - The head of the Justice and Equality Movement, Gibril Ibrahim, said no one can exclude Sudanese Islamists from the political scene in the country. After the collapse of the former regime in April 2019, the Forces for Freedom and Changes (FFC) that led the popular revolution dissolved the National Congress Party of al-Bashir and banned the participation of the Popular Congress Party of the late Hassan al-Turabi in…