Sudan’s Al-Bashir embarks on Gulf tour

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir in Kuwait. (File photo courtesy of Kuwait’s Emiri Diwan)
Updated 22 October 2017
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Sudan’s Al-Bashir embarks on Gulf tour

KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir arrived in Kuwait on Sunday on the first-leg of a two-day Gulf tour that will also take him to Qatar, according to media reports.
During his meetings with the emirs of Kuwait and Qatar, Al-Bashir is likely to discuss recent regional developments, issues of common concern, bilateral ties, and peace and development efforts in Sudan, according to reports quoting the official news agency SUNA.
In June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups and arch-rival Iran. Doha denies the charges.
Sudan has supported Kuwaiti mediation efforts, and has largely distanced itself from the ongoing diplomatic crisis.
“The current visit to the two Gulf countries is part of a resurgent Sudan seeking a strong relationship with the US and its allies in the Middle East,” said Dr. Osman Abuzaid, a Sudanese national working as editor in chief for an Arabic magazine in Makkah.
Al-Bashir is accompanied by a high-ranking delegation including Minister of the Presidency Fadl Abdullah Fadl, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour, Director of the National Security and Intelligence Service Mohammed Atta Al-Mawla, and Hatem Hassan Bakhit, director general of the office of the president.
Sudan has suffered under US trade sanctions for two decades and only recently the sancions were lifted.
Sudanese officials have acknowledged Saudi Arabia’s role in having the sanctions lifted.
Al-Bashir too “expressed thanks and gratitude to the king for his fraternal sentiments, and to the Saudi government for the efforts exerted to back lifting the sanctions imposed on the African country,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Sudan remains committed to support its allies in the Gulf region. The country is one of the main partners in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, according to Abuzaid.


OIC chief holds talks with ministers during UN General Assembly

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OIC chief holds talks with ministers during UN General Assembly

  • Al-Othaimeen attended the reception ceremony hosted by Donald Trump on Monday
  • The Palestinian issue was also top of the topics that the chief of OIC discussed in his meeting

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, met the United Nations’ special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
They discussed the latest developments in the Syrian crisis, and Al-Othaimeen emphasized the need to reach a peaceful solution and address the humanitarian situation.
Al-Othaimeen also met Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields of cooperation, especially in fighting terrorism and extremism, in addition to discussing the Palestinian issue and supporting UNRWA, the relief agency for Palestinian refugees in the Near East.
The Palestinian issue was also top of the topics that the chief of OIC discussed in his meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who said his country gave the Palestinian issue special attention, highlighting that there is a large Muslim community in Venezuela and that his country is keen to strengthen relations with the OIC.
Al-Othaimeen met the Iraqi minister of foreign affairs, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. They discussed the latest developments in Iraq following the elections and the Basra events, and the importance of holding the Makkah II conference to achieve social reconciliation in Iraq. He also stressed OIC’s support for stability in Iraq.
Moreover, the chief of OIC met the president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, and stressed the support of his organization for Kosovo until it wins the recognition of OIC member states as an independent state.
Al-Othaimeen attended the reception ceremony hosted by US President Donald Trump on Monday evening for the delegation heads participating in the UN General Assembly.