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Sudan says it thwarted attempts by foreigners to smuggle precious metals

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January 13, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese ministry of minerals disclosed Sunday that a number of foreigners were detained at a crossing point as they attempted to smuggle rocks containing precious metals.

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A local brings his gold for examination at a laboratory in the gold market in Khartoum (Photo: Reuters)

The minister of minerals Kamal Abdel-Latif emphasized that they will ensure that such incidents are not repeated. He gave no details on those arrested or their nationalities.

"Starting today we will not allow anyone take any rock from the country’s soil except for self defense purposes and anyone taking a rock [abroad] will be held accountable," he said at a meeting today.

The official stressed that any permission relating to minerals can only be granted through his ministry.

In the last few years Sudan has witnessed a gold rush which attracted informal miners from all over the country and reportedly some foreigners.

The government seeks to boost its gold exports through granting exploration licenses in a bid to compensate for loss in oil wealth resulting from secession of South Sudan.

A gold refinery was inaugurated late last year which will produce gold to international standards and help reduce the amount of ore smuggled overseas to places such as Dubai.

The central bank banned exports of gold ore effective this month.

(ST)

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  • 14 January 2013 11:54, by william mawien

    What golden matels do Sudan have ??????the one that they loot from neighbouring south Sudan?? Thieves Arabs ?;;?;??;?;gay Arabs ???;;

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    • 14 January 2013 12:59, by Pif Paf

      looool .. plz dont hate. You sound retarded.

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  • 14 January 2013 12:56, by Pif Paf

    Strict law and enforcement should govern our new found riches as our revenue from gold increases every month. This is an important and yet untapped sector and should be carefully managed to benefit the people and the country.
    Good Job GOS.

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