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Sudan says participation in Yemen war “moral commitment”

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

May 28, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf said his countries participation in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is an ethical commitment.

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.

On Monday, Ibn Ouf discussed with the Saudi Ambassador to Khartoum Ali bin Hassan Jaafar prospects of cooperation between the two countries.

In a press release on Monday, the Defence Ministry said the meeting aimed to follow-up on the implementation of the outcome of the recent visit of the Saudi Assistant Minister of Defence Mohammad Abdullah Alayeesh to Khartoum.

During his visit to Khartoum on Wednesday, Alayeesh briefed the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on the military developments in the Yemen war.

In a statement released after the meeting, the presidency said al-Bashir reassured the visiting Saudi official that the Sudanese troops would continue to fight Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen despite the tough economic situation in the country.

The Sudanese president further pointed to Sudan’s declared position to "defend the land of the Two Holy Mosques’’.

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.

(ST)

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  • 29 May 2018 05:54, by Mayendit

    Moral commitment is that real?

    Please give me a break, the Saudi Arabia King have giving Sudanese government $8 billions as a bribe to contributed thousand soldiers to fights former Yemen’s rebels Houhis because they do not want Shia Muslim to control Yemen nation that is what it is now. I don’t think Saudi Arabia will be able to returned former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh to lead again.

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    • 29 May 2018 13:02, by ThaGoblin

      Maydett
      Yes the big picture is a joke and i dont think that the saudis will win the war. But the sudanese are participating for the money and experience moral commitment is just how they convince our citizens to support that action. the truth is they pledged around $5bln and they only released around $2bln so far. $8bln is alot of money and would solve a european country’s crisis let alone sudans.

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      • 29 May 2018 13:05, by ThaGoblin

        IF you faced an economic crisis what would you have done to get out of isolation and much needed investments? For sudan its a win win situation regarding military experience fighting with international armies plus all the financial gains. iv told you before that they played the right card at the right time.

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  • 29 May 2018 06:12, by Mayendit

    Shameful on NCP in the Sudan. You sold Black African out to fights because of Sunni Muslim and Shia conflicts. Why not sending real Arabs Sons if the MCCI headquarter of Islamic have involved on discriminator Shia minority of Islam. There is no reason for Black African soldiers to be send Yemen to fights Arabs culture which has been attached to religion issue. What a shameful to Khartoum regime?

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    • 29 May 2018 13:11, by ThaGoblin

      Considering all the gains from this move i wouldn’t say its shameful. and where do you get your information? they send soldiers that are used to the mountain terrain to fight regardless if they’re african or afroarabs. they don’t just choose africans to go fight. on top of all of this they pay the soldiers very well in advance even before they are deployed. they don’t force anyone its all voluntar

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