Home | News    Friday 11 October 2013

Sudan cautiously optimistic about relations with US

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

October 10, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti expressed cautious optimism about his country’s relations with the United States saying that the latter started to demonstrate positive behavior despite the repercussions of its refusal to grant a visa to president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to attend last month’s meetings of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

JPEG - 72.6 kb
US secretary of state John Kerry meets with Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti at the 50th anniversary African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 25 May 2013 (Photo courtesy of the US state department)

Karti made these remarks following his meeting with president Bashir to brief him on Sudan’s participation in the meetings of the UNGA, African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) as well as the Rome Economic Conference.

He nonetheless underscored that Sudan’s statement on denial of visa to president Bashir was very well received by many countries.

The Sudanese top diplomat told the president that during the two meetings he had with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in New York and Washington, he sensed positive signals after the visa row.

"We don’t take for granted the things we hear and we will follow up and check on the positivity that we felt," Karti said.

The foreign minister also touched on the meeting organized by the Arab-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington with the participation of 19 major U.S. companies saying it provided an excellent opportunity to present investment opportunities in Sudan and explain recent changes made to the investment laws.

He pointed out that several US companies which applied for licenses to operate in Sudan were granted which he said is an indicator that investments and commercial relations could overcome political difficulties.

The minister said he also briefed the president on the decisions of the AUPSC, which stressed the importance of refraining from unilateral actions with regard to the contested border region of Abyei.

The AUPSC resolution stated that the Presidents of north and south Sudan have the right to continue discussions on the final status of Abyei.

On the consultative meeting between Sudan and South Sudan hosted by the UN Secretary General, on the UNGA sidelines, Karti said it produced positive results that saw full support for Khartoum despite attempts by US and UK to insert "negative" clauses into the final statement which was rejected by other participants.

Karti also hailed the conduct of Sudan’s investment conference in Rome saying it showed that economy and trade are open doors for Sudan to participate in all regional and international platforms irrespective of politics.

He said that Italy in particular had no negative stances towards Sudan even though it is a member of the European Union which had known positions that Rome was not particularly party to.

The minister noted that more than 100 Italian companies participated in the forum, which resulted in agreements and memoranda of understanding with Italian companies which had the opportunity to get acquainted with the latest developments in all areas in Sudan.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Confronting Climate Change in South Sudan: Risks and Opportunities 2017-06-27 13:57:30 By Jean-Luc Stalon and Biplove Choudhary The man made crisis in South Sudan has pushed the country back on multiple fronts: ranging from an outbreak of a severe macroeconomic crisis to an (...)

South Sudan: Lament of diminished hopes 2017-06-26 22:36:53 By Dennis Lissa In the lonely town of Buggari in Western Bahr El Ghazel, stands a flag in the middle of government square. The flag is fading in colour and partially torn. It waves sadly (...)

South Sudan Conflict: SPLM is the problem and the solution 2017-06-23 23:55:36 By Tor Madira Machier, Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the fractured Sudan People's Liberation Movement, the SPLM has been the reason for the suffering the South Sudanese have been (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


HRW denounces "collective punishment" in South Sudan’s Wau 2017-04-15 07:06:48 Human Right Watch South Sudan: New Spate of Ethnic Killings Urgent Need for Justice; UN Should Increase Patrols in Wau (Nairobi, April 14, 2017) – Government soldiers and allied militias (...)

Statement by South Sudanese Communist Party on the National Dialoguel 2017-03-22 05:44:42 The Communist Party of South Sudan On the Initiative of the National Dialogue The initiative taken by the President of the Republic of South Sudan declaring a need for a national dialogue is an (...)

An Appeal to President of the Republic of South Sudan 2017-03-15 07:22:45 Dear. Mr. President, I write to appeal to you for the release of political detainees now in the custody of the National Security Service at Jebel and other detention facilities. In doing this, I (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.