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Normalizing ties with U.S. “not a priority”, Sudan says


December 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs said on Sunday that normalizing ties with the United States (U.S.) is not one of the country’s priorities at the moment, suggesting it is a hopeless pursuit given Washington’s vulnerability to lobby groups hostile to Khartoum.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti on January 26, 2011 (Photo by Alex WongGetty Images North America)

The ministry’s official spokesperson Al-Obaid Adam Marawih told the pro-government daily Akhbar Al-Yawm that Sudan’s position on normalizing ties with the U.S. remain clear and unchanged. He elaborated that as long as this issue remains in the hands of lobby groups in the U.S. Congress, Sudan can never hope for any positive results.

“We reiterated this position when we congratulated the U.S. President [Barack Obama] on his re-election for the second term” Marawih said. He added that therefore the issue is “not a priority” for Khartoum in the time being.

Sudan has been under the U.S. blacklist of states sponsoring terrorism since 1993 on allegations of harboring Islamist militants despite credible reports of Sudan being a cooperative intelligence partner of Washington in the “war on terror”

Sudan is also subject to comprehensive economic sanctions since 1997 over terrorism charges as well as human right abuses. Further sanctions, particularly on weapons, have been imposed since the 2003 outbreak of violence in the western Darfur region.

Officials in Khartoum complain that Sudan’s intelligence cooperation with Washington did not reflect on the status of their bilateral relations.

They also express disappointment at what they describe the U.S. failure to keep its promises to improve ties with Khartoum after the latter signed the U.S.-brokered Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) with South Sudan in 2005 and later recognized its independence under the deal.


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  • 17 December 2012 10:10, by South South

    They are lairs, they are dying to have good relationship with USA. They visit USA at night asking for good relationship, then during the day, they are telling us it is not priority to have relationship with USA. Lairs, cowards, poor, terrorists and penguins.

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    • 17 December 2012 10:46, by Paul

      If Sudan Normalize ties with U.S., it would mean Sudan has to give up the ongoing ties with Iran. Currently Sudan is Covertly building military ties with Iran more than before to establish an air defense system among other things to deter Israelis air force incursion into Sudan. Ironically, Sudan does not know that Iran has her own agenda for doing this for Sudan.

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    • 17 December 2012 11:32, by Bentiu Elite

      They are praying God every day for US DOLLARS..... and they are pretending they do not like US !!!!!! SUDAN POUND/USD = 7/1 ....what a funny thing
      True ..it is very hard to know what a stupid country want!!!!!!
      God Bless South Sudan

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      • 17 December 2012 12:54, by Makunon

        If you want good relation with US, arrest Bashir with his allies.

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      • 17 December 2012 13:52, by Northern Sudanese

        Bentiu Elite
        you dark insects are sooo damn funny, US dollar is 4.4 sudanese pounds for the next 2 years. when you speak about US dollars it doesn’t mean you love USA, US dollars are the international currency and all countries need them!

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    • 17 December 2012 13:50, by Northern Sudanese

      South South
      dude we aren’t dying for USA, we are not insects and we don’t view americans as our owners like you do! we don’t lick US butts like you do, and even their citizens can do whatever they want in south sudan without being put in jail!!!
      loool, calling us poor? look at your homeland and you will understand the true definition of ’’poor’’. loool

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      • 17 December 2012 15:06, by Peacocktail

        The foreign Minister is in list of people labeled as terrorists.
        US need regime change in Khartuom only, if Sudan should cooperate and topple Bashir and resurrected political leader.US must send FBI too to Sudan to investigate Students ffrom darfur killing by NSS

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      • 17 December 2012 18:28, by South South

        Northern Sudanese,
        You see why I call you a lair: You said today that USA dollar is = 4.4 SP, that is a lie. USA dollar yesterday and this is something I read in Sudanese News Paper in Arabic. USA $ yesterday = 6.85 SP ( this is something in Khartoum medias yesterday, but today you start lying again like usual, what a lair !!!!!!

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  • 17 December 2012 23:52, by Kenyang

    United States is a complex, farsighted country with stratas of measuring genuine. Terrorists Islamic fanatic in Khartoum who sing nothing but lies and do different thing are better to be hopeless. They are not going anywhere from economic sanctions and terrorists list.

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    • 18 December 2012 09:07, by Paul Ongee

      Ya Sudan’s Foreign Ministry,
      We all know your priority. You don’t need to tell the world. Sudan is a country that its history is full of coup d’état and civil wars. Sudan wants to look like Middle Eastern though black, wants to excel in Islamization, Arabization and terrorism; and above all wants to excel in agreeing to disagree (lies), in using delay tactics and setting preconditions for...

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      • 18 December 2012 09:08, by Paul Ongee

        ...negotiations or implementation of signed deals and lastly hopes military means is always the best option to resolve issues/conflicts which is not far from cyclical pattern of assuming political or military power through bloody/non-bloody coup d’état.

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        • 18 December 2012 09:08, by Paul Ongee

          The whole world knows pretty well that Sudan’s democratic elections are often replaced with coup d’états not the real process where people line up and cast their votes in the ballot boxes and wait for results. When a chance for democratic elections is given, coup is likely to happen as usual before the term of a democratically elected President/Prime Minister ends.

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          • 18 December 2012 09:09, by Paul Ongee

            Bullets often replace ballots. Bullets easily line people up to support the coup leader or face repercussions. Feeding crocodiles with corpses depends on the behavior of political prisoners in Cobar Main Prison or supporters of opposition parties.

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            • 18 December 2012 09:14, by Paul Ongee

              Another thing that Khartoum doesn’t see clearly is their bigotry as if Sudan will win a prize in praising Prophet Mohammed instead of freedom that the third world is yearning for including communist countries. The world is drastically changing like climate change. But political attitudes in Khartoum remain the same since 1956.

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              • 18 December 2012 09:16, by Paul Ongee

                How can signing CPA (without commitment to implementing) and recognition of Independence of South Sudan (without demarcating borders but resort to claiming South Sudanese land/places along the borders simply because the names are Arabized) be linked to removal of Sudan’s name from the list of state sponsoring terrorism or normalizing relationship with USA besides resolution of Darfur issue?

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