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Bashir refuses to grant the US special envoy a visa to Sudan: Carter


February 5, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The former United States president Jimmy Carter has revealed that the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir rejected his personal appeal to grant the US special envoy for the Sudans Donald Booth a visa to meet with officials in his government.

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President Barack Obama meets with Ambassador Donald Booth, Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, in the Oval Office, Aug. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Bashir recalled to Carter Washington’s refusal to issue him a visa to travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings and pointed that US officials would not deal with him directly among other grievances.

Western officials generally avoid meeting with Bashir as a result of the International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant charging him with war crimes and genocide in Darfur. The US dragged its feet in processing his visa request for UNGA last year for the same reason.

Last November, media reports claimed that Khartoum refused to grant Booth a visa for planned talks with Sudanese officials on post-secession issues with South Sudan as well as the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur and South Kordofan.

The reports quoted unnamed officials as saying that Khartoum informed Washington that any role for the US should begin with seeking to normalize bilateral ties between the two countries and addressing the issue of unilateral sanctions and Sudan’s inclusion on a blacklist of states that sponsor terrorism.

They also asserted that issues that are considered domestic matters should not be raised during talks by Booth.

According to a report issued by Carter on his trip to Dubai and Khartoum between January 11-25, the ex-president had received assurances from Bashir that he will conduct a genuine national dialogue and seek peaceful solutions for internal conflicts and with neighboring countries as well as encouraging all opposition force to engage in this dialogue.

Carter said in his report that Sudan’s parliament speaker, al-Fatih Izz al-Din, had committed to draft a new constitution with broad participation from the opposition parties prior to the 2015 elections, saying that Izz Al-Din was keen to exchange expertise with US legislators.

He also asserted commitment of Bashir, Izz Al-Din, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) secretary of foreign relations, al-Dirdeeri Mohamed Ahmed, and the presidential assistant Abdel-Rahman al-Mahdi, to conduct a just and genuine national dialogue besides drafting a new constitution and holding general elections.

Last December, the NCP announced that it is developing a comprehensive reform document which it described as historic. The announcement came in the wake of a government shakeup that saw the departure of several long-time NCP figures from their governmental posts.

Bashir addressed the nation last week announcing a 4-point plan for reform "to stop the war and bring peace, free political society, fight against poverty and revitalize national identity", calling for political forces to engage in dialogue to agree on the implementation items though he did not specify practical steps to do so.

But the opposition figures who attended the speech made statements either personally or through their parties criticizing the lack of specifics and excessive generalities that gave no real signs of concessions on the part of the ruling party.

The opposition alliance said it wouldn’t enter into dialogue with the NCP until the latter abolishes all laws that restrict freedoms, release all political detainees, launch an investigation into the killing of demonstrators in September 2013 riots, enter into comprehensive negotiations to end the war in the different conflict zones, address the humanitarian situation and agreeing to full transitional status.


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  • 6 February 2014 04:34, by Crude Owner

    President El-Bashir is a good leader who knows how to respond back politically. Last year Washington refused to grant him entering visa to attend the united nations general assembly meeting in New York. So this is a good time for him to do the same thing to the US diplomatic personnel. In terms of what so called warrant arrest, it is a propaganda to blind fool south Sudanese people. LOL.

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  • 6 February 2014 10:38, by Jalaby

    I agree with Bashir this time, Americans do nothing other than continue their endless demands, fake promising, and put more punishment against Sudan!
    US envoy has very little to do in Sudan (if any), Bashir doesn’t want him to waste his time in Sudan doing nothing other than talking but in fact wants him to go to S. Sudan and rescue that failed state which they fought

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    • 6 February 2014 10:45, by Jalaby

      Sudan by every means for so long till they separated and created this failed state called S Sudan, please go and fix what you did if you really could!
      Don’t waste your time in Sudan, there is no rebel in Darfour but few gangsters, bandits and robbers here and there attack civilian cars and soft and unattended target and loot what ever they could and run away!

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      • 6 February 2014 10:51, by Jalaby

        SPLA-N is dying now although not yet dead but on their way and Al-Lemby really is doing a good job despite the huge numbers of his failure records!
        US envoy shouldn’t waste his time in Sudan and if Obama couldn’t convince US congress to lift Sudan from blacklist then this is Obama problem because he turns out to have a very weak character and his record is full of

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        • 6 February 2014 11:04, by Jalaby

          promise breaching and his only achievement is spying on his western allies, he even spied on Angela Merkel private phone call, the German Chancellor, why Merkel specifically? we know that former US president Clinton had ladies issue, he was so weak against them but what about Obama?

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        • 6 February 2014 12:41, by Kalo

          Jalaby Abojabad,who told you SPLM/N is dying,you are in Khartoum not misleading by Swarmy Khalid not knowing what is on the ground,where are 1300 vehicles with foreigner militants attacked Toroji,Jau,Angola and Dabaky end up in Elobied Looting the civilians,Governor Haroun gave them 72 hrs to leave Elobied and left yesterday,we are not sleeping foolish arabs hahahahaha.

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          • 6 February 2014 14:25, by Jalaby

            You turned out to be not Nubawy but nasty liar Jonoby or Jonoby tail! LOL
            I asked you about very simple words in Nuba language and you failed to know what are the meaning of these words or to answer which Nuba branch are you belonging too!
            Please stop pretending to be Nubawy, you’re nothing but nasty liar and I hate liars people!!

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            • 6 February 2014 18:51, by Kalo

              Jalaby,you know nothing about nuba languages,how can you understand that,i am not Junubi,i am a nuba man,can you tell me how many tribes in Nuba? can you know this words in Nuba languages?
              Liji lero,ngaw ngere.
              Any way,i don,t hate all Jalabas but i need justice and equality in Sudan not abusing by the words of Hab means slave.

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            • 7 February 2014 06:53, by Observer

              It is good to see you still happy to be the comedian on this website.
              " I hate liars people" How can you look at yourself every day in the mirror??

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  • 6 February 2014 13:14, by Pif Paf

    Good decision Mr. President. This is one right decision in a long time in the US-Sudan file. If the US does not want to improve relations then there is no reason for them be here. Let not waste our time and work to develop our country.

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    • 7 February 2014 04:06, by Tutbol

      Bravo Mr. Al Bashir, sometimes you act like a good evil. Our cowards in S Sudan are easily bullied by the US, they don’t have the word no in their vocabularies when it comes to US, even if what the US demands is opposed by the majority of ordinary S Sudanese.

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  • 7 February 2014 04:10, by 4Justice

    15 February “Catastrophe” Warned Will Shake Entire World

    Russian Worries Grow As Secretive Obama “Shock Troops” Deploy Across America

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  • 7 February 2014 05:52, by 4Justice

    Subway says it is removing from its bread a chemical reportedly found in Yoga mats

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    • 7 February 2014 06:51, by Observer

      4 Justice
      How do your 2 postings fit in with this article?????

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      • 7 February 2014 07:04, by Tutbol

        4justice, wants to insinuate that the US is not a genuine democracy as its always project its self to be to the rest of world. Yes, the US used to be a country with principles eons ago, but these days, the US is a corporatocracy.

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        • 7 February 2014 08:10, by Observer

          So Subway taking out an ingredient from its bread insinuates that the US is not a genuine democracy.
          Interesting logic

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