Home | News    Tuesday 6 May 2014

Military cooperation with neighbouring countries protecting border: defence minister

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

May 5, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s defence minister says military cooperation agreements with neighbouring have largely contributed to the protection of borders and reinforced diplomatic relations.

JPEG - 71.1 kb
Sudanese defence minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein (Photo: Reuters)

Abdel Rahim Hussein told the Sudanese parliament on Monday that the deployment of joint border patrols with Chad, Eritrea and Ethiopia deterred rebel cross border attacks, prevented drug and weapons smugglers and stopped criminal activities along the border.

He cited last week’s rescue operation of 600 illegal migrants implemented with the Libyan army, which conduct joint patrols in line with a military cooperation agreement signed by the two countries since the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

Hussein further said the recent developments in Central African Republic (CAR) impacted negatively the performance of the tripartite force with CAR and Chad.

However, he disclosed that contacts are taking place with the new government in Bangui to reactivate this tripartite force.

The political instability in CAR after the collapse of Francois Bozizé regime stopped the tripartite force. The operation is also affected by the latent tensions between the new regime in Bangui which blames Ndjamena of supporting the transitional regime of Michel Djotodia and his Seleka militia.

The minister also urged to raise the salaries of Sudanese soldiers and to increase the army budget, stressing that low salaries make the army less attractive for the new recruits.

He added that the recruits of the mandatory military service and the paramilitary forces of the Popular Defence Force are used to cover the shortage of troops.

Recently MPs demanded that the defence minister brief them on the military situation in the country generally and urged for more troops on the border with the Central African Republic.

The Sudanese army is deployed in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur region, plus many areas on the long border with South Sudan where Khartoum claims that the rebels are harboured.

Analysts agree that the heavy military budget, estimated at $ 4 billion impacts negatively the fragile Sudanese economy.

(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


Reform of South Sudan Judiciary: where to start? 2015-07-06 22:36:08 By Ajo Noel Julious K. The other day I was at my favorite tea spot by the roadside at Mahata Yei, sipping hot kerekede – hibiscus tea – as speeding bikers and motor vehicles moved by. In local, (...)

If Garang were to attend the 4th anniversary of independence! 2015-07-05 07:19:40 by Luka Biong Deng July is a special month for the people of South Sudan during which they celebrate their independence as the most important achievement in their political struggle. Also in (...)

Have the G-10 Broken up into G-6 and G-4? 2015-07-03 04:20:44 By David Lony Majak The so called G10 is now almost reducing to G-4; I know some genuine questions will be asked by mindfully readers, why G10 reduced to G4. The defection of Pagan Amum has (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese, human rights groups and advocates demand renewal of UNAMID 2015-06-25 06:03:32 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: New York: Ahmed H.Adam, Tel. +1 347 567 1491 or aha64@cornell.edu Kampala: Abdelrahman Gasim, Tel. +256 7 51 90 77 77 or gasim202000@gmail.com Geneva: Abdelbagi (...)

Civil society groups urge to stop hostilities in W. Bahr El Ghazal 2015-06-11 22:24:37 Urgent action for sustainable peace in Western Bahr El Ghazal State Civil Society Statement: June 10, 2015 Wau –Western Bahr El Ghazal State- The Republic of South Sudan We, civil society (...)

Two South Sudanese pastors face death penalty in Khartoum 2015-06-03 06:08:37 African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Two South Sudanese Pastors face death penalty for voicing opposition to corruption scandal at Khartoum Bahri Church (2 June 2015) Two South Sudanese (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.