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Iraq says Sudan asked for $100 million aid, offers $10 million

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November 5, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The Sudanese government reached out to Iraq last summer in a bid to obtain financial assistance, an official in Baghdad disclosed today.

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Iraqi government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh
Dr. Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesman of the Iraqi government talks to reporters during a press conference. (Photo – Ali Abbas/EPA-POOL/Getty Images)

The Iraqi government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh said in a press release that they received a letter on June 4th from the Sudanese finance minister Ali Mahmood Abdel-Rasool addressed to his Iraqi counterpart asking for aid worth $100 million.

Abdel-Rasool based his request of the Arab League resolution during the summit held in Libya on October 2010 which pledged a $1 billion aid package to support development in Sudan. Arab diplomats at the time expressed skepticism over the funds being actually disbursed due to lack of clarity on the share of each state.

The Iraqi official said that the Sudanese minister outlined the "difficult situation" facing his country after the oil-rich South became an independent state in July 2011 thus denying the north billions of dollar in revenues and negatively impacting the budget and balance of payment. Abdel-Rasool in his letter also referred to the conflict in the war ravaged region of Darfur in western Sudan.

The lost oil accounted for more than 85% of Khartoum’s export earnings, which reached $7.5 billion in the first half of 2011, according to the World Bank.

Without its largest source of hard currency, which is needed to pay for imports, inflation has soared and the Sudanese pound has plunged in value to record lows.

But the Iraqi finance ministry in a written opinion said that the country’s budget has already been set without any surplus that can be used to fulfill the request.

Furthermore, the ministry said that the supplemental budget was finalized and transmitted to the parliament for approval.

Given the situation the legal department in the Iraqi cabinet recommended placing the matter on the agenda of the council of ministers meeting for a final decision.

In its October 30th meeting the Iraqi cabinet agreed to allocate $10 million in aid to Sudan as part of the 2013 draft budget.

The Iraqi government spokesperson said the approval is meant to lend a hand to Arab brothers especially those going through difficult times to alleviate their suffering and help them overcome these circumstances through material and moral support particularly in light of Iraq’s current chairmanship of the Arab League.

The disclosure by Iraq highlights the scramble by Khartoum to secure funding to shore up the budget deficit through pleading for help from rich Arab states in light of US sanctions, chilly relations with western nations and lack of access to borrowing venues from international funds.

Sudan dispatched officials to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Algeria in recent months for that purpose but it is believed that they met with little success so far.

In recent weeks a dispute emerged within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) over ties with Iran with the foreign minister Ali Karti pushing the government to downgrade relations with Tehran in favor of stronger links with the oil-rich Arab Gulf states.

Karti cited economic factors as a key reason why Khartoum should make that shift given Arab Gulf states dissatisfaction with the closeness between Sudan and Iran.

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  • 6 November 2012 07:56, by Hardball

    Sudan never thought begging to survive is something that would ever come to their door steps! Now; there you have it in black and white; begging Iraqis for money. How is the taste of “pasulia and pulmisir” twice a day without meat? If you were not stealing oil from South Sudan; you would have never been to this situation. Now you can ripe what you sow!

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    • 6 November 2012 08:17, by zulu

      these guys have been scowering for backup since ss stopped the oil flow. they thought we have suffered, but look who is going extensively to salvage the collups of the already undercut the economy due to oil stoppage, embargo on goods and free movement. ss will guarantee oil money, but trade, it is the civilians who will render the products obsolete. where is gold and suga?

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      • 6 November 2012 08:32, by Robot

        @ Hardball and Zulu,
        well said, i wish a sound minded Sudanese man would swallow this truth with ease. South Sudan was the only cow you have been milking for decades, but there is also a period of drying off which you were not expecting, you thought the cow would lactate for life. i doubt Bashir would get even enough funds for his treatment!!!!.

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    • 6 November 2012 08:26, by Dinkawarrior

      OH God have mercy! Don’t you feel shame about Irag people? Why don’t you go and beg somewhere else? It’s good some times to apologize to your brother if you had done any mistake, just come back and remove those monsters and South Sudan will take care of everythings you need! I feel shame for my self!!

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    • 6 November 2012 08:27, by Dinkawarrior

      OH God have mercy! Don’t you feel shame about Irag people? Why don’t you go and beg somewhere else? It’s good some times to apologize to your brother if you had done any mistake, just come back and remove those monsters and South Sudan will take care of everythings you need! I feel shame for my self!!

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  • 6 November 2012 08:44, by Northern Sudanese

    HAHAHA you southerners are so funny when you speak about begging, where did that 8 bilion from china go? which western country haven’t you begged until now?
    don’t take Iraq seriously, Iraq itself is going through a hard time.

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    • 6 November 2012 08:55, by Robot

      Northern Sudanese,
      You are mad. read my first comment, you proved to be the ones i thought so, how ridiculous!!!. South Sudanese have never solicited for FUNDS, get it in your thick brain. the World pledged since the CPA was inked and these were some of the implementations.

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