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.


Iranian FM lands in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart

Updated 23 min 8 sec ago
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Iranian FM lands in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart

  • During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister
  • Discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries

BAGHDAD: Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif landed in Baghdad on Saturday for talks with his Iraqi counterpart, an Arab News reporter confirmed.

During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister. On Sunday morning, Zarif will meet several senior politicians before he heads to Najaf to meet some clerics, sources told Arab News.

The discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries in addition to possible options to reinforce the attempts to start dialogues with the related sides to reach a compromise or solutions for the current standoff between Iran and US.

The Iranian official will leave Iraq on Monday.

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