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Bashir in an interview with the UAE Khaleej: Sudan enjoys deep and historic relations with the Gulf States

President Omar Bashir has underlined that Sudan's relations with the Gulf States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in particular, are historic and deeply rooted, going back to the era of the late sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahian and that these relations developed to even the personal levels between the leaders of the Gulf and Sudanese leaders.

In an interview with the Khaleej magazine, which the Sudan news Agency SUNA is reprinting, the president has revealed that the UAE investments in the Sudan stand at over 4 billion dollars and that these investments have of recently witnessed a remarkable increase. The president has stressed that Sudan's position vis-à-vis the UAE Islands is clear and well known since the start of the crisis.

Bashir has also described the civil disobedience for which some have advocated was a million percent failure. Here under is an unofficial translation of the text of the interview:

 

 

Question:- On the outset, Mr. President tell us about the Sudanese Gulf relations in general, and the Sudanese UAE relations in particular?

 

Answer:- relations between the Sudan and the Gulf are old and date back to the time of independence, since the time Kuwait gained its independence and when Iraq declined to recognize the independence of Kuwait and threatened to invaded Kuwait, the Arab countr4ies decided at the time to send in troops to protect Kuwait, the Sudan was one of the first countries to send in troops in Kuwait. These Sudanese troops were the one that stood to separate between the two sides I the Kuwait Iraqi border. That is why up to date our brothers in Kuwait do remember this event and it is from that event that emanated these strong and distinguished relations. Add to this the visit of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin sultan Al Nahian, may he rest in peace, to the Sudan. Relations developed and because stronger and the sheikh, may his soul rest in peace, had given priority in recruiting Sudanese nationals for the building of the various institutions in his country. This in turn created good bonds and strong relations that continued up to now. And we can say that the UAE is the second trade partners for the Sudan in the world. And at present all UAE investment in the Sudan are indication of the strong and outstanding relations which have now covered such areas as the cultural and sports domains, trade and even at the individual levels.

 

Question: How do you assess Sudan's participation in the Operation Decisive Storm alliance?

 

Answer: The Operation Decisive Storm was a model action. The fact that we were agreed and were involved in this huge action, despite the conditions under which Sudan was at the time, still this did not deter us from hugely contributing in the operations. Now we have a full-fledged division of ground troops in the field to support the air forces in addition to six warplanes involved in the Operation decisive storm

 

Question: To which extent does the Sudan back the UAE rights in the Islands?

 

Answer: This is a genuine Sudanese stand. Regrettably the English (colonizers) moved out of this region and handed over the islands to Iran, despite the fact that they historically belonged to the Sharja Islands. By all means these are UAE islands. This is our position since the advent of the crisis.

 

Question:- To what extent do you have coordination with Saudi Arabia in the international Forums?

 

Answer: We have close and tight coordination at the local, international UN, Regional, Arab league and Islamic Cooperation levels. We have joint programmes in the political, cultural and educational levels and these have huge benefit for all of us and the Kingdom also has relations with others that Sudan is in need of. The kingdom has actually put much of these to help us out.

 

Question: What is the size of the UAE investment in the Sudan?

 

Answer: Huge indeed and we put it at over 4 billion dollars. But of recently the country has seen much investment especially in the agriculture domain, there are other investments in the electricity, transport and the free market zones. These are all areas of UAE investment

 

Question: Some people complain about hurdle facing foreign investment in the Sudan?

 

Answer: Sudanese attitude towards the land is one of the great hurdles that used to face foreign investors. But we have now reached a balance and a solution in specifying the share and rights of the citizens and that of the state in the available land and how to deal in the land property set for investment. But the problem now that we face is how to transfer the revenues. we are undergoing a difficult situation now following the separation of the south and loss of the oil revenues as a result, but we are working to f9nd out a solution and we have many other projects that are desired in the market such as gold, agriculture investment and we have now removed all obstacles in the areas of ports and fees collected along the highways as well as tearing down taxes on agriculture. The aim is to make life easier for the investors.

 

Question: When will the national accord government be announced?

Answer: After the ratification of the constitutional amendments according to which the position of prime minister would be created. After approval of those constitutional amendments, there will be consultations for the formation of the said government.

 

Question: What are your efforts to convince the Sudan Call forces to join the leap (National Accord process)?

 

Answer: Upon the conclusion of the dialogue we reached the agreed upon national document. we left this document open before all political forces. And since the start of the dialogue we continued to contact and to move in to contact some forces however others remained abstaining. we did not intervene at any stage; their aim was to change the government. The aim of the dialogue is how to govern the Sudan and not a programme that will be designed by the government or by parties. It suffices to say that the three were 116 political parties and movement, notwithstanding the national personalities, involved in this process. This dialogue is a vanguard experience for many other African countries that needed such type of dialogue to copy. Some of these African countries suffer from the legacy left by the colonization and in side this states there are huge contradictions and dialogue is the standard model to be applied. This is why I was honored during the most recent African summit meeting in Malabo by the afro Arab institute, it is because this dialogue is a unique African experience that many countries need to resolve their internal problems.

 

Question: There are complaints about prices hikes, is there any clear plan by Khartoum to alleviate the burden on the Sudanese citizens?

 

Answer: We need the economic reform programme. And if you make any comparison you will find that prices in Sudan are much lower than in neighboring countries, the proof is that commodities are smuggled from the Sudan to neighbouring countries, via the vast and extended borderline. The lack of paved cross border roads frustrates efforts to block and check and thus inhibit smuggling. But because of the inflation and the deterioration of the rate of exchange of the national currency, down from the time when we depended on the prices of the oil, and as we lost 90% of the revenues from petrol due to the separation of the south and as things started to improve with the inflation going down to 13% down from 60%. Things are improving now, it is only a question of time. As to the prices of the medicines, we have a social insurance system that cover up to 405 of the cost and we have beside this a programme for free medical treatment covering five areas such as emergencies, the treatment of cancer and kind dialysis, beside this the cesarean operation and treatment of children under five are free of any charges, in addition to all this we have a group of subsidized medicines that are related to endemic diseases. However, the hike that occurred recently occurred because of some errors by concerned bodies. this is not only a chock for the Sudanese people. It is more like slapping on the face. We would however like to stress here that the civil disobedience to which some quarters have been propagating recently has failed by one million percent. All people are keen to come to their place of work on Sunday and a huge reporting to work was registered.

 

Question: How do you see the future of relation with Washington under Donald Trump?

 

Answer: Am convinced that it would be much easier to deal with Trump than with the others. Simply because he is a frank person. you may deal with double-faced persons, but here we have a person with clear plan clearly focusing the interest of the American people, contrary to other who spoke of democratic programme and human rights and transparency. He is a businessman and seeks to achieve interests, dealing with him is clear and easier.

 

Question: Europe depend much on Khartoum to dry up the source of illegal migration, have you ever handed over to the European some of the human trafficking people?

 

Answer: We are exerting great efforts because Sudan is one of the transit areas and we as a country neighboring Libya. and following the breach of security there we have become one of the passageways for the traffickers to Europe, coming out of Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan and west Africa. This is why we exerted huge efforts in this field. In the past we exerted huge effort to fight back terrorist ISIS element after they tried to find a strong hold in Libya. We Have Now Over A 1000 4x4 Land cruisers spread all over the borderline area with Libya to frustrate the illegal human trafficking, we have handed over to the Italian one element after receiving information from Italy. He is one of the prominent human traffickers and we are also coordinating with neighbouring countries in this field, with the view to deny them using the Sudan as one of the passages for illegal activities and for cross border crimes.

 

Question: The African union sent you an envoy recently about South Sudan, do you as a neighbor, have a solution for this crisis in that country?

 

Question: Yes. We know much about the problems facing South Sudan. What happened there was of no surprise to us. And when all efforts for a solution failed, and they being aware we were the best suited people to find a solution for the problems of South Sudan (they sent us the AU delegation). We did not object, though we were aware that those who encourage South Sudan for separation had done so with the intention to use the south as a springboard to launch war against the Sudan. We suffered a lot because of the huge number of refugees from South Sudan who poured into our country. And because they used to be part of this country, up to 2011 we did not deny them entry. we suffered injustice because of the separation and the conduct of their rulers. Still we have a moral responsibility towards the southern citizen. We did not treat them as foreigners nor did we consider them refugees.

 

Question: How do you assess the ICC after the pull out of some African countries?

Answer: This is regrettably a political court that was established with the view to impose the hegemony and control others and it was clear for us the court is directed against Africa. And unfortunately they came into collision with us. We challenged them from the first day and we worked to uncover their misdeeds. Now the continent is convinced that this is a corrupt and politicized body, as revealed by documents published recently. There it was proved that false witnesses were bribed 17 million dollars and the court is now clinically dead.

 

Question: And your relations with Iran?

 

Answer: Political relations with Iran were excellent, but some Iranian forces that misused these relations. We as a nation we are far away from the sectarian clashes of Sunni versus Shiite. And when the Iranian started luring in some sectors in our community to become Shiite, that for us was a red line. As you know our hands are already fill with regional and ethnic challenges and rebellion. We did not want more. When the Houthis occupied Sanaa, one Iranian leader had said that we have now occupied four Arab capitals. This reveals their plan to control all Arab state after they controlled four capitals. They work for the expansion of the Shiite believes. Thus there was a need to counter and about thus a dangerous plan. In Nigeria they converted over five million into Shiite. They have forged alliance with Boko Haram group which carry out terrorist operation and take away Muslim young girls.

(SUNA)

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