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SudanTribune.com: Sudan, Ethiopia hold military talks in Blue Nile

Posted by: Berhane Habtemariam

Date: Sunday, 31 December 2017

Sudan, Ethiopia hold military talks in Blue Nile

December 31, 2017 07:53

December 31, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The governor of Blue Nile State Hussein Yassen on Thursday has attended the opening session of the regular meeting between Sudan’s army 4th infantry division and Ethiopia’s army12th infantry division in Ed-Damazin.

In his address before the meeting, Yassen praised roles of the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir and the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in sponsoring and supporting joint meetings between the armies of both countries.

According to the official news agency SUNA, Yassen also hailed stances of the governor of Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region Al-Shazali Hassan to promote border relations between the two sides.

The governor of the Blue Nile also stressed keenness of the regular forces to support cooperation and coordination to strengthen security and stability on the border areas.

He further expressed hope the recommendations of the meeting will enhance relations, joint interests and contacts between the two sides.

For his part, the commander of Sudan’s army 4th infantry division, Major General Ahmadan Mohammed Khair al-Awad, underscored keenness to support cooperation with the Ethiopian side to enhance the stability of the border areas.

On the other hand, the commander of Ethiopia’s army 12th infantry division, Brigadier General Berhanu Talfun, commended the level of cooperation and coordination with the Sudanese army’s 4th infantry division.

In 2009, Sudan and Ethiopia signed a military protocol for a period of three years dealing with the development of the armed forces and ways to secure the common border between the two countries.

Last September, the joint Sudanese-Ethiopian military commission agreed to develop a five-year plan including all aspects of cooperation contained in the 2009 military protocol.

Sudan and Ethiopia last October signed a memorandum of understanding providing to enhance joint security and military cooperation between the two neighbouring countries to fight terrorism.

Also, in March 2016 during the 14th meeting of the joint Sudanese-Ethiopian technical committee in Khartoum, Sudan proposed to deploy joint border units on the border between the two countries.

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Sudan’s president declares state of emergency in N. Kordofan and Kassala


December 31, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on Saturday has issued a decree imposing a six-month state of emergency in North Kordofan and Kassala states.

The state presidential minister Al-Rashid Haroun on Saturday handed over the presidential decree to the speaker of the parliament Ibrahim Ahmed Omer in preparation to deliberate on it Sunday.

He told reporters the declaration of the state of emergency in North Kordofan was meant to support the disarmament campaign and the need to eradicate the outlaws.

On the other hand, Omer said the state of emergency in the eastern state of Kassala was prompted by security reasons pertaining to the collection of illicit arms as well as combating drugs and human trafficking.

Since August, the Sudanese authorities launched a campaign to collect illegal weapons. The campaign, which would be implemented across the country, began by disarming tribes and civilians in Kordofan and Darfur.

Last week, the Sudanese parliament spokesperson Abdel-Maged Haroun said the council of ministers will lodge a temporary presidential decree to impose the state of emergency in some states to back up collection of illicit weapons

He told reporters the leadership of the parliament discussed measures to establish an ad hoc committee to consider the temporary presidential decree which aims to accommodate the states that have not been included in the disarmament campaign.

Also, there were reports that the state of emergency will be imposed in some of the central states including the capital, Khartoum not for the purpose of supporting the disarmament campaign but to counter possible protests that could erupt against the tough economic measures in the 2018 budget that was deposited to the parliament last week.

However, the State Minister of Finance Abdel-Rahman Dirar said the declaration of the state of emergency has nothing to do with the possible protests against the new economic measures and the expected rise in commodity price.

It is noteworthy that demonstrations broke out in several Sudanese states in September 2013 following the government’s decision to lift fuel subsidies. Rights groups said that at least 200 people were killed but the government put the death toll at 85.

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