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Sudan congratulates US Senator Kerry on nomination for Secretary of State


December 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government hailed the decision by United States president Barack Obama last week to nominate Senator John Kerry to become the next Secretary of State.

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President Barack Obama announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry, right, to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 21, 2012. Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, watch at left. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

According to a press release by the Sudanese embassy in Washington the foreign minister Ali Karti in a letter to Kerry extended his congratulations on the nomination and expressed Sudan’s willingness to continue working with the US in full cooperation on matters of mutual concern.

Karti also conveyed his “sincere desire and hope for a constructive dialogue between the two countries that leads to a normal relationship and fosters peace and security in the world at large”.

Sudanese officials and pro-government newspapers expressed relief over the decision by US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice this month to withdraw her name from consideration for the post of US Secretary of State.

Rice told Obama in the letter that Senate confirmation hearings for her would have been overly contentious. She has came under heavy fire from Republicans in Congress for remarks she made in the aftermath of a September 11 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Khartoum believes that Rice has maintained a hostile attitude to the government led by president Omar Hassan al-Bashir since her days as US assistant Secretary of state for African Affairs in the 1990’s.

Kerry is currently the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was the 2004 presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.

In this capacity the US Senator visited Sudan three times in April 2009, October 2010 and November 2010. The first visit came in the aftermath of Khartoum’s decision to expel more than a dozen aid groups from Darfur.

At the time Sudan official news agency (SUNA) conducted a rare extensive coverage of the lawmaker’s visit in what appeared to be optimism in Khartoum of gradual normalization of relations between the two countries.

The second time around Kerry came with a message from the Obama administration which said that Washington would be willing to remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism if it facilitates the January 2011 South Sudan referendum.

The US later said the de-listing is not possible as a result of new conflicts that erupted in Abyei, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

In a related issue the US charge d’affaires Joseph Stafford said that normalizing ties between the two countries will likely take a long time. He also denied any desire by Washington to topple the Bashir government.

At a symposium on the future of the Sudanese-American relations in Khartoum, which Stafford addressed in Arabic, the US diplomat expressed optimism that the coming period could witness a breakthrough that leads to improved ties.

The US charge d’affaires said his country continues to lead multiple efforts with rebel groups in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile in order to push them to negotiate to resolve the conflict peacefully with Khartoum.

He stressed that the US administration rejects military conflicts in the Sudanese territory as long as there are peace agreements such as the Doha accord and cooperation agreements with South Sudan.

The US imposed a set of sanctions on Sudan since 1997 that restricts US trade and investment and blocks the assets of the Sudanese government and certain officials.


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  • 24 December 2012 09:59, by Gabriel KK

    Is there any special relationship between John Kerry and Khartoum?

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    • 24 December 2012 10:28, by EES Kingmaker

      Bashir and his cabals assumed previous engagaements with Senator Kerry. Khartoum has foot-dragged for so long in implementing post-CPA issues, the latest of which is Cooperation Agreement. It is exploting the likes of Kerry’s liberalism. Pres. Obama needs steadfastness or stiffness if Khartoum___Bashir bellicose camp is checked and shown beter ways to correct their rogue attitiude___extremism.

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  • 24 December 2012 11:09, by Jalaby

    This is another big blow and shock for the south, unlike Susan Rice who was known to be one of the hawk wing member in Obama Administration that holds very severe hostility against Sudan and against normalizing US relationship with Sudan, John Kerry is known to be soft and more leaning towards normal relation with Khartoum government, I remember very well the promise

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    • 24 December 2012 11:21, by Jalaby

      that he made in Khartoum just few days before the south referendum "If Khartoum allows the referendum and acknowledges its outcome then we will lift Sudan from the countries list that supports the terror"!
      I think now it’s the time for John Kerry to curry out what he promised before!
      I feel sorry for thieves because they lost one of the stronger supporter member

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      • 24 December 2012 11:36, by Jalaby

        in Obama Administration, US Congress didn’t approve her nomination as Secretary of State because she provided false story about what happened to US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, this lady can’t be trusted and unqualified to hold such important and critical position as US Secretary of State but fore sure John Kerry does!
        I totally agree with US Congress, that lady

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        • 24 December 2012 11:51, by Jalaby

          should stay home and look after her husband and her 2 kids!
          This is really another big blow to thieves!
          I think US administration starts to feel the ethical mistake that they’ve done for supporting the south by all the means to become an independent country, they launched a harsh economical war against Arab/Jalaba and

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          • 24 December 2012 11:57, by Jalaby

            former president Bill Clinton went further more and sent them cruse missiles that hit "Al-Shifa Factory" and turned it to wreck but in fact Clinton used the tactic that he found in the movie "Wag The Dog" to divert the attention from Monica Lewinsky sex scandal!
            Finally Arab/Jalaba gave up and let the bad guys to go to hell and that’s exactly what is going on in the

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            • 24 December 2012 12:05, by Jalaby

              south now,the south is a piece of hell now, I told you before that "the south is going to make a big jump in the dark" but nobody believed me!
              US Administration starts to realize the fact that the south doesn’t carry the essential and necessary elements of being state, British Administration realized that fact long time ago and changed their mind of separating

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              • 24 December 2012 12:12, by Jalaby

                the south from north after they sent many steps for separating it by locking it and kicking out all Arab/Jalaba ass from the south but they found out it’s not doable mission otherwise they’ll kill each other and turn the whole region into mess
                I think Kenyans & Ugandans are clever than us (Arab/Jalaba) because British Administration wanted to attach the south to them

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                • 24 December 2012 12:24, by Jalaby

                  but they said to them "NO NO keep the crazy people away from us otherwise they will fail us for sure"
                  The south will soon become number one country in the list of "Failed State" no doubt and they’ll beat Somalia,it’s just a matter of time and US will feel the deep regret and the ethical mistake that they did by yielding a Failed State!

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                  • 24 December 2012 12:31, by Jalaby

                    I’m very happy that the south got separated from us and fucked off otherwise they’ll hold responsibilities on us for all the problems that they created by their own hands in the south, all that problems including the flood that washed away their crops!
                    I’m very sure we’re better off without them and Sudan will go forward!
                    Best regards for thieves and good luck!

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                    • 24 December 2012 18:05, by Nyakuzuny

                      hey yaa Jalaby fuck your self and fuck your Stupid President Algerima with your careless people in your Government ,we already now in the world nation ;President Obama he is Including us in the world Nation , be understanding that you will remaining forest Country .

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                  • 24 December 2012 12:42, by Mapuor

                    Racist sentiments should be combated by all civilized people.Race has no genetic or biological basis.The gross morphological features that traditionally characterize races such as skin color etc are determined by non significant and superficial genetic alleles with no link to characteristics such as cleverness,athletic ability etc

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                  • 24 December 2012 18:14, by Nyakuzuny

                    Uselles Man we are already gone for development in our Country don’t craying because we are Separate , and we are very Strongest than you Northern Sudan , you are knowing South Sudan very well , they was fucking brother fight too-much , we have power than you , Exactly you are Uselles people.

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    • 24 December 2012 15:13, by somonewhocares!

      ur name Mr. jalaba makes it disgusting for someone to even waste his mind, coz u r not worthy of a reply. what if i tell u, u know very well to clap ur hands for others while u have nothing for others to get amused at? what kind of man/woman are u. i doubt ur identity ARE YOU A SUDANESE OR JUST A MOTHERFUCKER? whoever supports Bashir is a hell lover so go to it that is where u really belong.

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  • 24 December 2012 11:31, by pabaak

    Fake Arabs in north celebrate nomination of John Kerry as sectary of state, they are joking, he will find out why civilian are been killed in South kordofan, Bule Nile and Darfur, and important of it the issue of indicted figures still defying international rules in Sudan, probably not a good news for them.

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    • 24 December 2012 13:18, by Northern Sudanese

      killing civilians is a joke made up :)

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      • 24 December 2012 13:29, by Aaban

        Looked at him cowardly talking shit as if he is a really human, do you drink people blood or what,hoi mouk denying will never help your mother criminal to go to trail idiot, who would made up this murdering of our people if you were not that coward Jalain criminal blasphemous who sold his soul to evil, you can be a human by talking but not reasoning, fuck you,

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      • 24 December 2012 16:49, by South South

        Northern Sudanese,
        John Kerry knows everything about your shit government in Khartoum. America policy will never change because of Kerry. Until Sudan breaks down to 5 countries ( Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile Country, Darfur country, East Sudan country, Nuba in North Sudan country and a few fake Arabs country in the middle surrounding by black people. USA is not ruled by Penguins.

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      • 24 December 2012 17:22, by pabaak

        Northern Sudanese
        if you don’t know who’s current secretary of state, then you are out of loop in this discussion, Suzan Rise is not the secretary of state as try to put it here in your input, go back and find who’s the secretary of state, anyway typical of you who don’t know what is talking about

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  • 24 December 2012 13:26, by Northern Sudanese

    Yes! that bitch has always been anti Africa and a 100% anti Sudan! she loved south sudan so much that she even hugged Machar at the UN.
    anyway, John Kerry is a good man and i am 100% sure that with him in office, US-Sudan ties can easily return to normal. Hillary Clinton wasn’t that good, John Kerry will be far better!

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    • 24 December 2012 13:33, by Aaban

      Who knows your mum could be a batter bitch than talking shit with no shame in your family blood you little criminals airhead idiot, hoi mouk you are bagging yet you are running your mother fucken mouth with no good reasoning you toast criminal son of bitch, go and have sex with your step sister you animal with no relation within you family,ibn il tinayich

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    • 24 December 2012 14:23, by mohamed mahgoub

      I’m sure after a while u gonna start cursing Kerry & calling him names just like u do with Rice & Clinton,actually right now before moving to how new position - if approved by the congress- his is the head of forgien relation com. in the congress which is solely resposible for US forgien policy ,so Rice & Clinton only excuting this policy without any personal touch ,during WWII Britain was in brin

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      • 24 December 2012 14:43, by mohamed mahgoub

        Cnt. brink of defeat by intensive bombing on London ,the U boat keep sinking %90 of supply ships from USA ,Afrikacorps almost ranover Egypt ,the desecive move came when Churchl step up & took the overseeing the ministeries of finanace,war & the priemership beside the admirality( the navy),what Ithink is our country is going to hard time with the Americans with as secretary of the states

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        • 24 December 2012 14:59, by somonewhocares!

          shufu Al Sudan wu "Keser talij" do u people think John Kerry is coming to replace Karti ur goddamned minister?
          after all America is a country of rules and laws and kerry is just a tool to implement ready made rules and strategies. pity u poor Sudanese
          bright future 4 ROSS.

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    • 24 December 2012 16:44, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      Very stupid. Get this lesson from me, from your black brother, not a fake one. American decisions are not made by Secretary of Stats alone or president, that is not the case my fake Arab. In USA there are lobby groups which are very powerful in influencing any decision. South Sudan has them all( Black group, Jewish, Christians) All of them are with South Sudan. Kill yourself

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    • 24 December 2012 16:55, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      So penguins in Khartoum are dying to have relationship with USA, we will not let that happen since there is a country called South Sudan on the face of the earth. Mark my words penguins. USA decisions are made by lobbies, strong lobbies. All of them are with South Sudan. Black Caucasus is with us, Jewish groups are with us, Christians group are with us. South Sudan OOOOYE.

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      • 25 December 2012 00:53, by sudani ana

        South South
        "USA decisions are made by lobbies, strong lobbies. All of them are with South Sudan. Black Caucasus is with us, Jewish groups are with us, Christians group are with us."
        For the first time ever, I find myself agreeing with you. Because for the first time ever you actually make sense. Yes you have the support of all these groups, but we have ALLAH (God) on our side.

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    • 24 December 2012 18:06, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      You said this: " US-Sudan ties can easily return to normal. Hillary Clinton wasn’t that good, John Kerry will be far better"
      Heart dying to have relationship with USA. Almighty South Sudan rejects that call from Sudan. All lobbies in DC are with South Sudan. Penguins can not go anywhere unless they pass through us and when they do that,South Sudan has final saying.

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  • 24 December 2012 15:18, by somonewhocares!

    by the way Sudan and South Sudan will always be the same with its blessed populations who can be exonerated by someone with a clear sight and view. coz all people North or South had done nothing to debilitate the life we live today but governments did. so long live the people of the two sovereign countries....... and long live the noble ones of the both sides.

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  • 24 December 2012 15:27, by somonewhocares!

    Dear fellow S. Sudanese, what is missing in our country is vision not people, so don’t get desperate and lose hope SPLA/M is not SOUTH SUDAN one day one time they will leave through that wide gate of history and our country will prevail 4 eternity. let’s build within us visions and strategies that we are not followers as our old brothers who continously copy Arabs which has become mission impossib

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  • 3 April 2013 11:30, by stefan

    Bashir and his cabals assumed previous engagaements with Senator Kerry. Khartoum has foot-dragged for so long in implementing post-CPA issues, the latest of which is Cooperation Agreement. It is exploting mody do e-papierosów
    the likes of Kerry’s liberalism. Pres. Obama needs steadfastness or stiffness if Khartoum___Bash

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