Sudan’s President Al-Bashir sacks army chief of staff

Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir on Tuesday fired his military chief of staff. (AFP)
Updated 28 February 2018
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Sudan’s President Al-Bashir sacks army chief of staff

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir on Tuesday fired his military chief of staff as part of a “major” shake-up, the official SUNA news agency reported.
The agency said Lt. Gen. Emadeddin Adawi was “sacked” and the job of military chief of staff given to Lt. Gen. Kamal Abdul Maaruf, who was previously the army’s inspector general.
“Major changes in the leadership of the armed forces and Lt. Gen. Kamal Abdul Maaruf military is (the new) chief of staff,” SUNA said.
It gave no reason for the shake-up, which comes just two weeks after Bashir replaced powerful intelligence chief Mohammad Atta.
Atta was replaced by Salah Abdallah Mohammed Salih, a former head of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).
Adawi had been military chief of staff since February 2016, when he replaced another lieutenant general, Mustafa Obeid Salim, as the army battled rebels in the Jebel Marra area of the western Darfur region.


Britain planning sanctions in response to Iran tanker seizure, says report

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Britain planning sanctions in response to Iran tanker seizure, says report

  • In letter to UNl, Britain says Iran approached tanker in Omani waters
  • Letter says the Iranian action “constitutes illegal interference”

NEW YORK/LONDON: British ministers are making plans aimed at targeting Iran with sanctions in the aftermath of the Iranian seizure of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce on Sunday diplomatic and economic measures, including potential asset freezes, as a response to the incident, according to the report.
Britain could push for United Nations and European Union sanctions to be reimposed on Iran after they had been lifted in 2016 following a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the Telegraph reported.

Britain on Saturday told the United Nations Security Council  that the Stena Impero was approached by Iranian forces when it was in Omani territorial waters and the action “constitutes illegal interference.”
“The ship was exercising the lawful right of transit passage in an international strait as provided for under international law,” Britain’s UN mission wrote to the Security Council. “International law requires that the right of transit passage shall not be impeded, and therefore the Iranian action constitutes illegal interference.”
The letter, seen by Reuters, was also sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Friday’s action in the global oil trade’s most important waterway has been viewed in the West as a major escalation after three months of confrontation that has already taken Iran and the United States to the brink of war.
It follows threats from Tehran to retaliate for Britain’s seizure on July 4 of the Iranian tanker Grace 1, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.
“Current tensions are extremely concerning, and our priority is to de-escalate. We do not seek confrontation with Iran,” the letter read. “But it is unacceptable and highly escalatory to threaten shipping going about its legitimate business through internationally recognized transit corridors.”
Britain called on Iran to release the Stena Impero tanker and told the Security Council it was working to resolve the issue through diplomatic means.