January 21, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Former US president Jimmy Carter said that Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir told him that "important" political decisions would be declared soon, without elaborating further on their nature.
- Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (L) meets former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (R) in Khartoum January 21, 2014 (Reuters)
Carter, who arrived in Khartoum on Monday on a four-day visit, met with Bashir on Tuesday discuss several issues, including national dialogue, elections, and the new constitution.
Bashir affirmed to Carter that the government is keen on developing its relations with the local, regional, and international community. He also stressed the desire to achieve consensus on national principles and visions through dialogue with all political forces in Sudan.
Carter disclosed that Bashir briefed him on issues of dialogue and the upcoming 2015 elections, saying that his visit to Sudan comes within the framework of the health care programs, including combating Guinea worm, Trachoma and river blindness, as well as training programs for health workers.
Last month, Bashir announced a cabinet reshuffle, appointing 26 ministers and state ministers.
The reshuffle saw the departure of several long-time ruling National Congress Party (NCP) figures from their governmental posts, including first vice-president Ali Osman Taha, presidential assistant and NCP vice chairman Nafie Ali Nafie and oil minister Awad al-Jaz.
A shakeup was also made at the NCP secretariat level and Sudanese officials said that more changes will be forthcoming.
In a separate issue, Bashir vowed to offer education and development projects for the families of the civil wars martyrs, saying that they continue to raise the banner of Islam and follow their path.
Bashir, who addressed the opening session of the Martyr Organization’s board of trustees meetings, saluted mothers and families of martyrs, vowing that the government will follow the path of the martyrs.
“We pledged to them [martyrs] that we will maintain the Islamic banner”, he added.
Sudan’s minister of defence, Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has also echoed same promise.
The Martyr Organization was established in the 1990s during the more than two-decade-long civil war between north and South Sudan to sponsor children and families of martyrs who were killed in the battles.
The director of the Martyr Organization, Mohamed Ahmed Hag Magid, asserted that their main objective is to foster the families of martyrs and offer them a decent life.