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Sudanese president makes surprise visit to Syria


President-Assad receives President al-Bashir at Damascus Airport on 16 December 2018 (Photo Sana)
December 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir paid a surprise visit to Damascus on Sunday, expressing readiness to improve bilateral relation with the isolated Arab country.

The one-day visit was the first since the imposition of Arab sanctions against Damascus as a result of the repressive campaign of the Syrian uprising against the al-Assad regime started in March 2011.

Al-Bashir is the first Arab leader to visit Syria since the start of the Syrian crisis in March 2011.

"President al-Assad and President al-Bashir affirmed that the circumstances and crises experienced by many Arab countries require new approaches for Arab action based on respecting the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs," said a statement released by the Sudanese and Syrian official news agencies.

The statement further said that these approaches, "should improve inter-Arab relations and serve the interests of the Arab people".

The visiting president voiced hope that Syria will recover soon, and that its people will be able to decide on the country’s future themselves without any foreign interference. Also, he stressed that Sudan supports Syria and its security, and is prepared to provide all that it could to support Syria’s territorial integrity.

The Arab League suspended Syria’s membership in November 2011 in response to the Syrian government’s violent attacks on pro-democracy protests.

However, Khartoum refused to follow several Arab countries and sever ties with Damascus despite the crackdown on the Syrian Islamist groups.

The Sudanese Ambassador in Damascus Khalid Mohamed Ahmed Ali was at the airport with President al-Assad to receive al-Bashir.

For his part, al-Assad thanked al-Bashir for his visit and stressed that it constitutes a strong impetus to reactivate relations between the two countries.


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  • 17 December 2018 09:06, by Pakuai

    I often posted that the biggest dirty games & intrigues always being fought over Middle East all the times including North Africa & Sub Saharan by some blood thirty monsters in Europe, the US & their attack dog (israel) is going to start a big war that will wipe out most of the world population than WW1 & WW2 combined. Our Omar Hassan el Bashir has joined their gulf Arab>>>

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    • 17 December 2018 09:14, by Pakuai

      states of Saudi Arabia, UAE & other gulf Arab states. Turkey, Syria and gulf Arab states ’sunny brothers’ are going to dump Iran, Houthis of Yemen, Lebanese & Iraqi shiites. However, it is a known fact that the US, the UK, France, their israel attack dog, El qaida, ISIS/L, Muslim Brotherhood, Jesh El Islam, El Nustra, Boko Haram, El Shabab & even our own so-called SPLM/A-IO to some small extent??!

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      • 17 December 2018 09:21, by Pakuai

        What could go wrong! The US, the UK & France are the ones which blatantly arming Saudi Arabia, UAE and their terrorist groups proxies against the innocents Syrians, Yemeni, Libya et al. And a few days ago, the same US without a slightest tinge of shame issued sanctions against South Sudanese officials!! I just cannot understand, if the these idiots in the US live in different universe>>>

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        • 17 December 2018 09:27, by Pakuai

          The innocent civilians they help killed in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries are least valuable than the South Sudanese civilians according US, the UK & their allies inverted world view it seems. When Mr. El Bashir of North Sudan, Idris of Chad & Mr. Buhari of Nigeria sent their mercenaries a few years ago with the invitation of Saudi Arabi & UAE>>>

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          • 17 December 2018 09:33, by Pakuai

            the US, the UK, France & their UN kept quiet. And Mr. Salva Kiir asked Mr. Musevnei of Uganda for help in 2014. The US, the UK, France & their UN screamed at the top of their evil lungs that the Uganda must immediately withdrew her troops from South Sudan. I just can really fathom this one thing. Who do the evil white Americans, English people, their UN & some of their evil allies in between>>>

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            • 17 December 2018 09:36, by Pakuai

              really think they are to South Sudan & the South Sudanese people? South Sudan is not part of the damned evil so-called ANGLO-AMERICA, never has and will never damn will. And South Sudanese people are not parts the evil so-called damned ANGLO-AMRERICA subjects or slaves. Never have and will never ever will>>>

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              • 17 December 2018 09:38, by Pakuai

                The evil white Americans, English, their UN & their sleazy NGOs in between love affair with our country & our people has gone too far and it must be tackled head on. Who really these vermin in their villages? Not even one.

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                • 17 December 2018 09:43, by Pakuai

                  We keep telling these monsters that here in the Sudan. This is a country of people who have an absolute contempt towards any evil on earth who thinks that he/she can stand over our necks. That their former Queen Victoria Empire bullsh*t has to be repeated again in the 21st century. Fellows, watch this space, a lot of bloody noses.

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  • 17 December 2018 15:11, by aborigin

    You have a point in whatever you post BUT I don’t always comment on your posts. Our people need time to understand the external meddling in our affairs but hatred had blinded us to the extent partial truth in our midst cannot be understood. I understand your point.

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