Saudi Arabia supplying fuel to help Basra as Iraq electricity protests continue

Iraqis protest at Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq July 27, 2018. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)
Updated 28 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia supplying fuel to help Basra as Iraq electricity protests continue

  • Talks between Iraq and Saudi Arabia have led to “positive results” in collaborating in the fields of fuel and energy
  • Saudi Arabia will ship fuel to city of Basra to help Iraq through its electricity crisis and to keep its suspended power lines in operation

BASRA: Saudi Arabia will ship fuel to city of Basra to help Iraq through its electricity crisis and to keep its suspended power lines in operation, according to reports on Saudi Arabian state TV.
Al-Ekhabriya reports said Saudi Arabia is shipping the fuel to ease the electricity crisis in the country which has resulted in power shortages in parts of Iraq.
Talks between Iraq and Saudi Arabia have led to “positive results” in collaborating in the fields of fuel and energy.
The report said large amounts of fuel will be transported to Iraq from the port of Dammam in Saudi Arabia, and fuel will also be transported to the Al-Qasr port in Basra in the coming days.
Power cuts started last week across Iraq after Iran cut electricity and fuel supplies to the country over payment disputes.
Protests continue across the country as a result of the electricity crisis.


Sudan’s army calls for unconditional talks with protesters

Updated 20 June 2019
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Sudan’s army calls for unconditional talks with protesters

  • Protest leaders have set conditions for a resumption of talks, including a withdrawal of the military and militias from cities
  • At least 128 people were killed across the country since security forces cleared the sit-in area outside the military’s headquarters

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s military council said talks on the transition of power should resume without preconditions, signaling a continued standoff with opposition leaders who launched nighttime demonstrations to push for civilian rule.
Protest leaders have set conditions for a resumption of talks, including a withdrawal of the military and militias from cities, the resumption of Internet service and an international investigation of the violent razing of their sit-in camp on June 3.
Transition talks collapsed over the military’s crackdown.
At least 128 people were killed across the country since security forces cleared the sit-in area outside the military’s headquarters. Authorities offer a lower death toll of 61, including three from security forces.
Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the council, told health workers in Khartoum on Wednesday that the council did not have preconditions for returning to the negotiating table with the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which has represented protesters.
He said neither side should make up-front demands.
“I repeat our invitation to all political forces and the FDFC to come (for talks), and there is no need for preconditions,” he said. “We do not deny their role in the uprising and the popular revolution ..., but the solution should be satisfactory to all Sudanese factions.”
Protest leaders could not be reached immediately for comment.
On Saturday, the Sudanese Professionals’ Association said it would stick to its conditions for the resumption of talks.
Meanwhile, protest leaders launched nighttime protests this week.
Late Wednesday, about 300 protesters, mostly young people, marched in Khartoum’s western district of Abbasiya, waving Sudanese flags and calling for justice for those killed since the sit-in dispersal.
Protesters avoid daytime demonstrations for fear of being quashed by security forces heavily deployed in Khartoum.
The military council has rejected the idea of an international probe and said it had started its own investigation along with another one by prosecutors.
An Ethiopian initiative to resume talks apparently failed to make progress in the deadlock. A top general in the military council pushed back last week against a key demand from the protest leaders to have the majority in a transitional legislative body.
Burhan said that the country cannot remain without a government, more than three months after the military ousted autocratic President Omar Al-Bashir in April.
“We do not want that things (get) out of control,” Burhan said. “Another coup could be carried out because of the country’s impasse.”