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Sudan makes fresh push to normalize ties with US

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November 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti told lawmakers today that the government continues to work on normalizing relations with the United States.

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FILE - Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti (L) speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) looks on as they speak to the media January 26, 2011 at the State Department in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Karti who appeared before the foreign affairs, security and defense committee at the national assembly, said that Khartoum wants move bilateral ties with Washington ’on the right path’ despite renewal of the economic sanctions this month by president Barack Obama.

The chairman of the parliamentary committee Mohamed al-Hassan al-Amin striking a conciliatory tone said that Sudan understands the US decision to extend sanctions for another year calling it a mere formality.

Al-Amin went on to say that Obama could not possibly lift sanctions at this time because of the lengthy procedures involved and noted that this is an elections year in the US.

The lawmaker also disclosed that they have extended an invitation to US lawmakers to visit Khartoum.

The Sudanese top diplomat reacted angrily this month to the sanctions renewal calling the US a "hypocritical" and "weak state" that is being run "by a small group of Jews with power and money".

Karti was questioned on these remarks before the committee but he defended them by saying that they were in response to the US decision.

In October 1997, the US imposed comprehensive economic, trade and financial sanctions against Sudan in response to its alleged connection to terror networks and human rights abuses. Further sanctions, particularly on weapons, have been imposed since the 2003 outbreak of violence in the western Darfur region.

From 1991 to 1996 Sudan hosted Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan by US Navy SEALS last year.

The US charge d’affaires in Khartoum Joseph D. Stafford who met with the committee today told reporters afterwards that Washington supports dialogue between the government and the opposition to reach peaceful solutions that contributes to the stability of the country.

"We have no interest in aiding armed opposition and we had nothing to do with bombing the Yarmouk factory [this month blamed on Israel]," Stafford said.

In a related issue Karti denied reports that he has submitted his resignation to the president saying he heard about it in the media.

Karti raised eyebrows after what was seen as a daring criticism of the government during a TV interview last week.

The minister said he disagreed with Khartoum’s decision to receive Iranian warships last month and called on the government to downgrade ties with Tehran in favor of stronger relations with the Arab Gulf states.

He also expressed frustration with actions taken by other agencies and officials that are related to foreign policy without consulting his ministry.

In recent days local newspapers said that a cabinet reshuffle will move Karti from the foreign ministry to the ministry of justice.

There was no official confirmation of the news.

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  • 12 November 2012 05:46, by George Bol

    Sudan will not be the same again said Dr Garang Mabior

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    • 12 November 2012 06:29, by Ruach

      No chance to normalize relations with Terrorists who hate Israeli and South Sudanese!

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      • 12 November 2012 13:52, by Northern Sudanese

        Ruach
        egyptians hate israel, saudi arabia hates israel , pakistan hates israel, venzuela hates israel , turkey hates israel and they all have strong ties with US. no1 really cares about southern insects, you create crimes and theft in US, thousands of south sudanese locked in US prisons.

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        • 12 November 2012 19:26, by Ruach

          Where is your noisy brother Jallabi? I hope was killed on Israeli Air strike that destroyed your unregistered aminution and factory of terrorism!Thank to Jesus Christ!

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        • 13 November 2012 04:36, by Observer

          N. Sudanese,
          Maybe you should put in front of your statements "in my opinion" as you do not know for certain that your statements are true.
          Our country has thousands of Sudanese in various prisons around the world- especially in the Middle East and Eyptian prisons. Maybe you shouldn;t make too much noise about the S Sudanese in US prisons.

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        • 13 November 2012 07:56, by Akol Liai Mager

          But Criminal Al-Bashir, the owner of nortorious description of Southerners as Insects cares about the same Southerners and that’s why he will soon be visiting Juba to bag for more Oil flow so that he can accumulate more US dollars in his family’s account before his journey to the Hague or Farouk’s Cemetery.

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  • 12 November 2012 07:32, by mudfish

    Sudan make relation with US,it is better to stay cooperate with Iran and Palestine to private them with guns.but d’t forget Israel.

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  • 12 November 2012 07:33, by 4Justice
  • 12 November 2012 08:36, by dinkdong

    My advise to the U.S.; don’t listen to them. They are still same Sudanese who houses Osama in the past and they are now linked with Iran and they are funding Hamas.

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