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Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf greets Sudanese troops stationed in Saudi Arabia on 29 Nov 2017 (ST photo)

May 26, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has approved the continued participation of Sudanese troops in the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

?Speaking to the state-run Radio Omdurman on Saturday, NCP political secretary Abdel-Rahman al-Khidir said his party has reached its decision after making a comprehensive and objective assessment for the various aspects of Sudan’s participation in the Saudi-led coalition.

He pointed out that the decision to participate in the alliance was based on a strategic, not emotional view, saying Sudan is part of a large coalition.

President Omer al-Bashir on Wednesday stated that the Sudanese troops would continue to fight Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen despite the tough economic situation his country is experiencing.

Earlier this month, State Defence Minister Ali Mohamed Salim said his ministry was evaluating pros and cons of the participation in the Yemen war in order to decide on it soon.

Al-Bashir has been under pressure to withdraw his troops from Yemen because Gulf countries particularly Saudi Arabia do not provide financial support to the country to overcome its economic crisis.

The Sudanese army has been participating in the Saudi-led military coalition since 2015 in a regional effort to back the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after he was ousted from the capital Sanaa by the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels.

(ST)

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  • 27 May 05:01, by Mayendit

    Shame on Northern Sudanese particular, the NCP for taking bribes of 8 billions dollars from Saudi Arabia. I do blamed those our Black African soldiers who obeying Mission to go and fights Yemen government for Arabs interest led by Saudi Arabia nation. The NCP approved Mission because the money can talked on their mouths what a shameful? I would rather chose joining SPLA North than fighting for Ye

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    • 27 May 05:20, by ThaGoblin

      Meydet
      They played the right card at the right time. This milItaly mission helped gain political and finacial backing for the long run by siding against Iranian influence. And remember the military experience as an army when fighting in a different country. Yes it hurts your reputation but it’s got more pros then cons.

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      • 27 May 06:25, by Mayendit

        Idiocy ThaGoblin

        When did Sudan gained independence? Why it has never accomplishing stability since 1956? Will that 8 billion dollars giving by Saudi Arabia government bringing stabilizing in the Sudan? Look, the problems in South Sudan will be resolved soon because there is only a misunderstand and confusion but it will not takes century. One day, Northern Sudanese people will begging on S.S.P

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        • 27 May 15:44, by ThaGoblin

          Lol Sudan has achieved stability but with every economic crisis there’s a chance of instability. You think stability happens overnight? Youre in the midst of war, until that ends you still have to recover from war. Then you have a long road to economic development. Most of your population is still in the bush and militas still roaming the lands. Tell me how youll achieve stability in less then 40

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        • 27 May 15:51, by ThaGoblin

          And concerning Sudan begging SS that’s a long shot considering your current state haha. You’re a landlocked country fool everything you import or export you get charged for so it’s an uphill battle. And while you try to develop sudan is already on it’s way to become a middle income country. Get these illusions out of your head reality is your in very deep for the next few decades

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        • 27 May 15:59, by ThaGoblin

          Currently Sudan is pretty much stable we just have to keep building state institutions and infrastructure to make it permanent. You out of all shouldn’t be talking about our stability since we’re accepting refugees from multiple times countries including youres who come hungry and sick. You’re very people are straining our resources and society with your barbaric ways.

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    • 27 May 05:22, by ThaGoblin

      If it will help stability in Sudan at thsee desperate times so be it. I don’t think you’re in any position to say what’s shameful and what’s not while your gov is running over people with tanks while raping foreign aid workers.

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