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December 13, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer Hassan dismissed criticism on the high share of the budget allocated to the army and security apparatus saying that this still falls short of what is needed.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir addresses soldiers in the capital, Khartoum, on 16 March 2009 (Photo: Reuters)

In remarks before at the Air Force headquarters on Sunday, Bashir pledged to provide support for the manufacture of high-grade combat and military gear. He also praised the leaders of the industrial military complex for their efforts in the transfer of military technology.

"We are determined to build an air force that would, as soon as it exists, would be capable of offering protection and safety for Sudan and provide the ability to reach and hit any site so that it is a deterrent force to secure the country and block any [party that has] greed over the land of Sudan,” Bashir said according to pro-government Ashorooq TV.

"In the absence of security, we will lose anything. Take a look at the countries around us that have lost security," he added.

"We want to have our own arms industry and do not want to be consumers for the production of others" the Sudanese president said.

"Some voices that speak on the street or in the media about the armed forces budget, I say that if 100% of the state’s budget was allocated to the army to secure the country then that is still not enough," he explained.

Last September, the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the British Ambassador Michael Aron to protest statements he made to a local newspaper in which he addressed the situation in Darfur and debt relief.

Aron told al-Meghar al-Siyasi newspaper that it is impossible to cancel Sudan’s debt as the government spends 70% of the budget on security and military functions and not on health, education and other sectors.

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  • 14 December 2015 08:00, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Devil called Bashir talking trashy. Remember you make weapons, you buy them. They will sell you aircrafts and they will sell antiaircraft.

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  • 14 December 2015 08:11, by Kalo

    Shame on you criminal alBashir!you didn’t secure the country from outside attacked,look where is triangle area of Halayeb? Egypt took it by force,Ethiopia took Fashaga by forces,where are the SAF?Only Yemen to get Cash from Saudi Arabia and fighting their own people,do we have air forces in Sudan? fake antonvo of 1945,the country was bombed twice by outsides no one knew,only accusing Israel.

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  • 14 December 2015 09:05, by Uncle J

    Bashir voice is a clear threat to South Sudan, he will never show muscles to Uganda, Egypt or Ethiopia. Bashir is only preaching illusions of building castle in the air. South Sudan is a rich country with oil for now South Sudan has a hope to buy weapons "made in Sudan" not made in China or Russia

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  • 14 December 2015 10:02, by Eastern

    Hah, hah!! Bashir has free money paid to him by the impoverish government of sultan Kiir al Junubi. With oil prices hitting the bottom at $37 a barrel, Bashir is assured of more than $20 of that share per barrel, good deal for him. He can use the proceed from the sales to arm himself to the teeth. Dr Lam told Kiir that deal was bad but Kiir couldn’t listen. Dinka men don’t listen to non dinkas!!

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    • 14 December 2015 10:07, by Khent

      Eastern

      Do you really think that only non-Dinkas knew that the deal was flawed from the very beginning!? Salva Kiir has intimidated and murdered Dinka journalists that criticized his ’government’ on their political, economic and social policies. Salva Kiir has surrounded himself with self-interested yes-men...

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      • 14 December 2015 10:23, by Khent

        ..And wouldn’t have listened to anyone outside his close-knit circle of idiotic sycophants. Garang [Dinka] had political and economic plans that Salva Kiir refuses to implement to this day. God, why does it have to be tribal?

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