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April 6, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the economic desk at the Political and Economic section at the United States embassy in Khartoum, George Eldridge, has affirmed that his country is amongst the largest importing countries of Gum Arabic from Sudan despite strained relations between Khartoum and Washington.

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The US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) recently announced expansion in the use of gum Arabic in food and beverages following a 2011 petition by France’s Nexira corporation.

According to pro-government Ashorooq TV, the chairman of Sudan’s Gum Arabic Council (GAC), Tag al-Sir Mustafa, said in a joint press conference with Eldridge in Khartoum on Sunday, that US consumption of Gum Arabic is expected to redouble in the 2014.

He underscored the need for doubling Sudan’s current exports of Gum Arabic, which amounts to 63,000 tonnes annually, in order to meet the anticipated demand.

Mustafa pointed to the comparative advantages of Sudanese Gum Arabic, adding that producers must be encouraged in order to provide the commodity in accordance with the required standards.

Las February, the secretary-general of GAC, Abdel-Magid Abdel-Gadir, disclosed that Sudan exported 42 tonnes of Gum Arabic to the United States in 2013, yielding $103 million.

He predicted the total exports of Gum Arabic would reach 55 tonnes by the end of 2014, adding that the US continued to import Gum Arabic from Sudan indirectly.

Sudan has been on the US blacklist of states sponsoring terrorism since 1993 on allegations of harboring Islamist militants despite reports of Sudan being a cooperative intelligence partner of Washington in the so-called “war on terror”.

Sudan is also subject to comprehensive economic sanctions since 1997 over terrorism charges as well as human right abuses. Further sanctions, particularly on weapons, have been imposed since the 2003 outbreak of violence in the western Darfur region.

The US has excluded Gum Arabic from sanctions for the critical need of this commodity in nutritional and drug industry.

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  • 7 April 06:55, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    An Arab friend told me that burning of gum Arabic when doing gatha jamora make it more comfy and relaxing. is this true Jalaby Taggia.

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    • 7 April 09:57, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Idon’t know what is your problem with " gatta el jumar" !It means that you have to stop urine dripping after passing urine and wash your penis with water, so that your underware doesn’t smell urine.What is wrong with that ?What is your problem with that? It might be a problem for somebody who washes his face with urine and even drink it!

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  • 7 April 08:47, by Jalaby

    First of all I know some people are angry because we call it Gum "Arabic" because they believe it is merely an African production and Arabs have nothing to do with it! Well, it’s our production and we are free to call it what ever name we like, we can call it Gum "Chinese" either, how that could cause painful at your heart?

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    • 7 April 08:55, by Jalaby

      Fortunately, Sudan is the only place in this planet that has the suitable climate and soil for planting the Gum Arabic and that’s explain why Sudan was occupying around 80% of the world production, the rest of 20% is also believed to be a Sudanese Gum Arabic but was smuggled out by smugglers and went out to neighboring countries and still calling it Gum Arabic!

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      • 7 April 09:09, by Jalaby

        Gum arabic is used primarily in the food and medicine industries and whatever you can imagine such as:Painting and art, Photography, Printmaking, Pyrotechnics, etc!
        It is widely used in Pepsi and Coca Cola drinks and Americans can’t live without them!

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        • 7 April 09:14, by Jalaby

          US worldwide fast food restaurants like McDonald,Burger King,KFC,etc will announce their bankruptcy if Sudan decides to cut off the Arabic Gum from US because their junk food can’t be processed without drinking Pepsi or Cola after eating that junk food,they will run out of business but as you guys know, as Sudanese people we’re so kind and nice and can’t hurt them!

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