Sudan courts exiled opposition

Sudan's Foreign Minister has said he will travel to Saudi Arabia to meet exiled opposition chief Muhammad Usman al-Marghani for talks aimed at reintegrating the opposition into Sudanese politics.

    Ismail wants to integrate the NDA into domestic politics

    Mustafa Usman Ismail said he will meet al-Marghani, the head of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), on Sunday to discuss a resumption of negotiations between the government and the NDA in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

    Khartoum and the Cairo-based opposition umbrella group were due to sign a final accord on 12 February covering political, constitutional and legislative issues, but the deal was never signed.

    The accord is aimed at lifting the state of emergency in place since 1989 and setting up a joint commission to look at how to integrate the NDA into politics.

    The NDA is a coalition of northern organisations and is seen as a rival to the Al-Umma party - Sudan's legal opposition - and the outlawed Popular Congress.

    Meanwhile, Ismail said that during his trip to Saudi Arabia he would also deliver a message from Sudan's President Umar al-Bashir to Saudi Crown Prince Abd Allah bin Abd al-Aziz concerning the countries' bilateral relations.

    Ismail praised the bilateral ties, describing them as "excellent in the economic, political and negotiations security fields".


    He noted that Saudi Arabia "is one of the few countries that effectively contributes to offering humanitarian assistance to Darfur, particularly with regards to helping the displaced persons there."

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.