Home | News    Saturday 12 March 2016

Arab League renews calls for lift of sanctions on Sudan


March 11, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - The Arab League called for the removal of American economic sanctions on Sudan, and vowed to exert more efforts with the international funds and organizations to support the Sudanese economy and cancel its foreign debit.

JPEG - 43.1 kb
A general view of the Arab League foreign ministers meeting on Syria at the league’s headquarters in Cairo March 10, 2012 (Reuters)

The Council of the Arab League Thursday kicked off an ordinary session chaired by Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa to discuss a number of Arab issues including the economic sanctions on Sudan.

The agenda of the ministerial meeting included the “unjust” U.S. embargo on Sudan particularly on the purchase of airplanes and spare parts which threatens the safety of civilian and commercial aviation in the east African country.

In a decision adopted on Friday the meeting urged the newly elected AL Secretary General and Egypt’s former Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit to continue the coordination of positions between the African Union and Arab League to suspend an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant against the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir.

The Council called on the state-members and Arab funds to engage contacts with international funds and financial organizations to support the Sudanese economy, and to relief its foreign debts.

Regarding the U.S. economic sanctions on Sudan, the Arab League meeting rejected a ban on the purchase or lease of aircrafts and spare parts to Sudan, saying it threatens the safety and security of civil aviation.

“The Arab Foreign Ministers Council reaffirms the right of all Arab countries in the development of its fleet within a free competitive atmosphere far from any requirements and political prohibition,” said the decision.

The Council called on the Arab countries to approach the "concerned countries" and all international and regional civil aviation organizations to redress the situation and remove the embargo imposed against the Sudanese civil aviation and airline companies.

In June 2014, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed a $21 million fine on the Dutch aviation services firm Fokker Services for selling aircraft parts to Iran and Sudan in violation of U.S. sanctions on the two countries.

The Arab states also pledged to exert the necessary efforts within the framework of the United Nations and the international organizations to prevent the harbouring or support to rebel groups and ensure their commitment to negotiate a peaceful agreement.

The meeting further called on the holdout political and armed opposition groups to join the national dialogue to reach a comprehensive political settlement in Sudan.


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

What Makes an Uprising? 2021-09-03 17:29:45 By: Dr Lam Akol* In an undated article, Hon. Atem Garang de Kuek discussed what was required for an uprising in South Sudan to succeed as did three uprisings in the recent history of Sudan (...)

Is IGAD partly responsible for current confusion in South Sudan? 2021-08-21 09:41:17 By Bol Khan In April 2016, Radio Tamazuj posted and answered questions about the fainting Security arrangements or demilitarization of the capital, Juba as stipulated in 2015's signed ARCSS and (...)

South Sudan People Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) is to create warlords 2021-08-19 11:06:28 By Steve Paterno In South Sudan, where just about everyone has access to guns (tons of them), and almost every ambitious politician is a potential warlord, any slight destabilization of the (...)


Latest Press Releases

Statemeny bu Hala al-Karib to UN Security Council on women conditions in Sudan 2021-09-15 11:59:16 Statement by Ms Hala Al-Karib to the UN Security Council 14 September 2021 Madam President, Excellencies, My name is Hala Al-Karib and I am the Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative (...)

Joint Communiqué on the visit of H.E. the Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan to Juba 2021-08-23 11:23:26 19 – 21 August 2021 His Excellency Dr Abdallah Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Sudan and Chairperson of IGAD, accompanied by Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Trade, (...)

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)


Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.