Sudan Govt. Denies Israeli Influence on Lifting Sanctions

Gms: Khartoum, October 12 (SUNA)

Israel had nothing to do with the US decision to lift sanctions on Sudan, Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omar has said.

The Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omar denied media allegations about Israeli involvement in or any foreign influence on the US decision to lift sanctions on Sudan.
"Parties propagating Israeli role in the decision are aiming to underestimate the government's role in lifting the embargo, he told Blue Nile TV.
He added that Sudan is headed for being an influential and key player in the region should the government better dealing with international institutions to which Sudan is a member.
He called for restructuring national institutions in such a fashion so they seriously working for resolving Sudan's outstanding issues.
Omar further denied media allegations that the government made huge concession in return for lifting the decades-long US economic embargo against Sudan, attributing the success to tremendous efforts exerted by the Ministry of Foreign and National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), in addition strenuous campaign by other official popular organizations.
He accused some parties; he did not name, of attempting to detract from Sudanese diplomacy.
The Speaker of the Parliament pointed to Sudan's coordination and joint efforts with Arab and African parliaments, which he said has positively contributed to improving Sudan's image in the US public and the mainstream media.
He added that Sudan was faced with unfair and accusations and inaccurate information regarding human rights by some lobby groups, which he said have prolonged the US sanctions on Sudan.
Omar noted that accurate information on human rights situation in the country supplied to the US Administration and human rights activists by Sudanese official and popular delegations contributed to a breakthrough in previously strained relations between Khartoum and Washington.

Zuleikha Abdul Raziq


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