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January 13, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The United Kingdom Foreign Office Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds will arrive in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday for talks with officials here.

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United Kingdom Foreign Office Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds

The spokesman of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry Abu Bakr al-Sideeg said that the British official’s visit comes within the framework of common interests for the two countries to develop their bilateral relations, communication and political consultation and cooperation on major international issues.

The spokesman pointed to Britain’s interest in cooperation with Sudan on issues aligned with the legacy of the two countries in various fields.

Last November the Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti blasted Britain’s stances towards his country saying that London had demonstrated hostility towards Khartoum in all forums and had backed all negative decisions and sanctions committees.

Karti stressed that the UK arranged for UNSC resolution 1706 which sought to put Darfur under the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping forces, as well as UNSC resolution 1593 which referred the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He affirmed that the Sudanese government supports closer ties with London but said Khartoum has yet to see any signs for rapprochement in the UK’s official policies, legislations or organizations.

The top Sudanese diplomat added that one state minister at the UK foreign ministry, in reference to Simmonds, proclaimed himself a speaker on behalf of the ICC concerning president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir’s visit to Saudi Arabia for the Mecca pilgrimage.

Bashir is sought by the ICC for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes he allegedly masterminded in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

The talks will likely tackle the ongoing crisis in South Sudan that broke out last month and later developed into a nationwide military conflict between government forces and those loyal to former Vice president Riek Machar.

The two sides are currently negotiating in the Ethiopian capital under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) .

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  • 14 January 2014 04:52, by Tutbol

    "UK official starts Sudan visit on Tuesday"
    Yep, the hyenas who have been secretly supporting the criminals regime in the name NCP/NIF are now coming out in the open. Let the UK do their bilateral relation with their cloned so-called Arabs, but they be careful to even try to meddle in S Sudanese affairs. S Sudanese have have a lot axes to grind with the British & their cloned so-called Arabs...

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    • 14 January 2014 04:59, by Tutbol

      Their Geo-political bullshits they have been playing with their evil US on S Sudanese through their madman Riek Machar have been taken seriously by the S Sudanese this time around. And S Sudanese would not want to see any damn British or their so-called cloned Arabs in our country never ever again.

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      • 14 January 2014 05:06, by Tutbol

        "The talks will likely tackle the ongoing crisis in South Sudan that broke out last month and later developed into a nationwide military conflict between government forces and those loyal to former Vice president Riek Machar"
        Did S Sudanese invited that criminals in the Britain to come about S Sudanese issues with our arch enemies in the N Sudan? It is time the govt of S Sudan the UK embassy...

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        • 14 January 2014 05:09, by Tutbol

          and deport all their evil NGOs agents including their Toby Lamzer. We don’t want to play games with the British in our 2014 S Sudan plain and simple.

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    • 14 January 2014 09:48, by Mohammed Ali 2

      UK supporting Khartoum!Are you halucinatin?!Without the support from Britain,SS is nothing.Sudan will not involve itself in this sensless war.UK annexed SS to us because Kenya & Uganda rejected the idea .We were made to carry this burden for 50 years.It dragged us centuries behind.We will not let UK drag our leg into this quagmire again as this war doesn’t seem to have an end any time soon.

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    • 14 January 2014 16:58, by Oppressor

      Read very well you dump " UK official starts Sudan visit " are you Sudanese or you forgot yourself you are a Southerner not Sudanese why u poke ur nose in non of your business ???

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  • 14 January 2014 08:11, by Majongdit

    No. We know the purpose of this visit. The Emma empire is going to lobby Khartoum not cooperate with South Sudan

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