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Sudanese-Egyptian Summit to be Held Sunday in Cairo

Cairo, Feb. 21 (SUNA) - President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir starts Sunday an official visit to Cairo during which he will hold talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak. Sudan ambassador to Cairo Abdul-Moneim Mohamed Mabrouk told SUNA that the Sudanese-Egyptian summit would discuss developments in Sudan, efforts for realizing peace in Darfur and the issue of the International Criminal Court. IF/BT

President Al-Bashir and Amir of the State of Qatar hold talks on Darfur peace and normalization of relations between Sudan and Chad

Khartoum, Feb. 21 (SUNA)- President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir and the Amir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Shiekh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani held joint talks in Khartoum Saturday on bilateral relations, the efforts being exerted for realizing peace in Darfur and normalization of the Sudanese-Chadian relations. Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Shiekh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al-Thani said in a press statement that President Al-Bashir and His Highness the Amir tackled the outcome of the Good Will and Confidence Building Agreement which was signed in Doha recently between the Sudanese Government and the Justice and Equality Movement and means of following up the agreement with practical steps and touched on the strategy for continuation of these steps. On the role of the State of Qatar in convincing the remaining factions, the Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said they are working in this direction and there were contacts and positive responses on the issue and that the coming days would witness contacts with neighbouring countries, affirming continuation of the Qatari efforts in this connection. Presidential Advisor Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, on his part, described the visit of His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar as very important and aimed at boosting Darfur peace process, consolidating the bilateral relations and normalization of relations between Sudan and Chad. Dr. Ismail said Sudan greatly appreciates the visit of His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar and reaffirms its support to the peace process led by Doha as well as cooperation with the Libyan and Qatari efforts for normalization of relations between Sudan and Chad. State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti said in a press statement that the Qatari leadership stands beside Sudan on the issue of the International Criminal Court. Karti added that the visit of His Highness the Amir came in the context of the desire of the two countries to follow up the efforts to settle the issue of Darfur and reactivation of the Good Will and Confidence Building Agreement, which was signed between the Government of Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement. He pointed out that the Qatari side affirmed its commitment to work for improvement of the relations between Sudan and Chad, saying that the visit came as part of visits to Chad and Libya to improve the relations between Sudan and Chad. Karti affirmed that the visit was a start for great movements, pointing out the Qatari leadership affirmed that they would spare no efforts to reach lasting settlement to Darfur problem to ward off all dangers facing Sudan. He added that the talks affirmed the importance of improving relations between the Arab countries. Sudan Ambassador to the State of Qatar Abdullah Fagiri, on his part, described the Sudanese-Qatari relations as distinguished, pointing out that the visit came in the context of boosting further the developed relations between the two countries, adding that the two sides focused on continuation of Doha talks that were culminated with the good will agreement and stressed the importance of continuation of work in the coming week by sending the technical committees to prepare the framework agreement, which will be followed by the comprehensive agreement. BT/BT

Sudan Airways launches its flights to Kadugli

Kadugli, Feb. 21 (SUNA)- The Sudan Airways Company launched Saturday its flights to Kadugli, capital of South Kordofan State, with the participation of official and people's delegation, led by State Minister at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Ahmed Haroun, State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Trade Salman Suliman Al-Safi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sudan Airways Company Al-Sharief Ahmed Omer Badr and Secretary General of Unity Support Fund Yahya Hussein. Two Fokkers 50 planes landed at Kadugli Airport Saturday and were received by Wali (Governor) of South Kordofan State Omer Suliman and members of his government and community leaders. The official and people's leadership of South Kordofan State, interviewed by SUNA correspondent who accompanied the flight, affirmed that the line is considered as a real support to peace in the state and would boost contacts between Kadugli and other towns. BT/BT

President Al-Bashir, Amir of Qatar and Al-Gaddafi make telephone call on Darfur issue

Khartoum, Feb. 21 (SUNA)- President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar Shiekh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Libyan Leader Moamer Al-Gaddafi made a telephone call Saturday. The telephone call tackled the latest developments in the issue of Darfur peace and the issues of common concern. BT/BT

24 persons arrested in connection with Darfur incidents amnestied

Khartoum, Feb. 21 (SUNA) - President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir has issued a republican decree amnestying 24 arrested persons in the context of the efforts being exerted for realizing peace in Darfur. Minister of Justice Abdel-Basit Sabdarat said in a press statement that the decision comes to boost the peace efforts and in appreciation to the role of the State of Qatar in this connection. He added that the names of the persons covered by the decree would be published later on. BT/BT

Sudan call for Valentine boycott
Valentine's Day goods in a shop window
Valentine's Day has become more and more popular across Africa

Muslim clerics in Sudan have urged young couples to boycott Valentine's Day, saying it is a Western institution that could lead couples astray.

Members of Sudan's Ulema Authority said unmarried couples would do better to save money for their weddings.

They should resist the temptation to go on romantic strolls in parks on 14 February, the senior clerics said.

The lovers' holiday has become more and more popular in recent years among young people in the capital, Khartoum.

Card sales up

"Valentine's Day comes from Western countries. I call on Muslims not to imitate Christians," said preacher Sheikh Hassan Hamid, in a statement released to Reuters news agency on Wednesday.

"The money that is spent on Valentine's Day would be better spent encouraging young people to marry," he added.

Correspondents say public displays of affection between men and women are unheard of in Sudan's almost entirely Muslim north, with kissing and holding hands on the street frowned upon in the conservative culture.

Sudanese religious authorities have condemned Valentine's Day before, but shops in Khartoum have been selling increasing numbers of Valentine cards in recent years.

And young couples can occasionally be seen sitting, a discreet distance apart, in parks and some of the city's restaurants.

Egypt affirms its support to all efforts for suspension of procedures of ICC against Sudan

Khartoum, Feb. 14 (SUNA) - Egypt has declared its support to all efforts for suspension of the procedures of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and safeguarding security and safety of Sudan and its national sovereignty. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abulghait said in a press statement following his meeting with President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir at the Guest House Saturday that Egypt is conducting contacts with members of the Security Council to implement Article 16 of the Statute of the ICC to stop any procedure against Sudan and President Al-Bashir. He added that Egypt would not allow this situation to pose a threat to Sudan, safety of its territories and its sovereignty. The Egyptian Foreign Minister pointed out that they affirmed to President Al-Bashir that Egypt will utilize all its capabilities and contacts with members of the Security Council to realize positive results. BT/BT

President Al-Bashir receives Egyptian Foreign Minister

Khartoum, Feb. 14 (SUNA) - President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir received at the Guest House Saturday Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abulghait and Minister Omer Suleiman. President Al-Bashir praised the Egyptian stances supporting Sudan in the regional and international forums, especially regarding solving Darfur problem and the issue of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Director of the Political Department at the Presidency of the Republic Ambassador Osman Nafie said in a press statement following the meeting that the visit of the Egyptian delegation comes in the context of boosting further the relations between the two countries and the continuous consultations between Sudan and Egypt on the current Arab situation and developments of the Palestinian issue besides Egypt's support to the stances of Sudan rejecting dealing with the ICC. Meanwhile, Press Secretary of the President of the Republic Mahgoub Fadl Badri reiterated rejection of the government to handing over of any Sudanese citizen. BT/BT

Report: Acute Medical Care in Sudan/ Written by: Belgees Fagier

Khartoum (SUNA) - Acute Medical Care (AMC) is that part of internal medicine concerned with the immediate and early specialist management of adult patients with a wide range of medical conditions who present in hospital as emergencies. The new medical field appeared first time 1998 in United Kingdom. Sudan Association of Physicians (SAP) organized recently its 22nd Scientific Conference. The forum was held on 7-8 of current February at the Friendship Hall under the motto "Toward better medical care" under the aegis of the Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Tabita Butros. Addressing the conference, State Minister at Ministry of Health Prof. Hassan Abouasha affirmed that Sudan targets to utilize the experience of the regional and international experts in the fields of AMC and emergency medicine as a new medical specialization. On her part, the Technical Director of Emergency Department at Omdurman Hospital and the Consultant Physician, Dr. Afrah Abutaweela expected that the conference could adopt a strategy to boost the work in field of emergency medicine. Work with the new procedures has begun in Khartoum State's hospitals and will be expanded to medical institutions in all states of the Sudan in the future. The conference had tackled a number of scientific papers presented by some experts and specialists. In the first scientific session, Prof. Brandar Silke from Ireland explained in a paper, the difference between AMC and emergency medicine and its important as an essential field to the medical services besides the methods of practicing the conceptions of AMC in Sudan. The second session discussed the experiences of AMC in Saudi Arabia, US and the United Kingdom. A comparison was held between the experience and emergency services in Sudan to promote the medical services in this department. Saudi Arabia promised to provide a number of opportunities to train the Sudanese doctors in the Saudi hospitals in field of emergency medicine. Representative of Media & Advertisement Committee, Dr. Makram DimItry, affirmed to SUNA the conference recommendations asserted importance of establishment of specialization of AMC in Sudan and training a number of the medical cadres to treat the patients. During the scientific sessions, discussions were held among the participants on serious diseases such as kidney failure, enteric bleeding and cases of poisons.

Secretary General of Council of the Parties of National Unity meets Adada

Khartoum, Feb. 14 (SUNA) - Secretary General of the Council of the Parties of National Unity Dr. Mudhawi Al-Turabi briefed the UN-AU Joint Special Representative for Darfur Rodolphe Adada on the work of the council and its support to political decision making and coordination of stances of components of parties of the national unity. Dr. Mudhawi Al-Turabi also informed Adada on the stance of the parties of national unity supporting fully the government's delegation to the Darfur peace talks in Doha. He affirmed rejection of the parties of national unity to the procedures of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudan. IF/BT

Sudan to Participate at the Meetings of Arab Water Council in Cairo

Khartoum, Feb. 13 (SUNA)- The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Engineer Kamal Ali Mohamed, is due to head Sudan delegation for participation at the meetings of the Arab Water Council, scheduled to begin Saturday in Cairo. The meetings will discuss the issue of establishment of the Arab Water Academy which would have its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, besides the issue of the Arab vision that will reflected by the Arab water resources ministers at the International Water Forum, schedule to be held next month in Istanbul, and the meeting of the Council of Governors of the Arab Water Council. MO/MO

President Al-Bashir meets new Somali President

Addis Ababa, Feb. 1 (SUNA) - President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir met on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa the newly-elected Somali President Shiekh Sharief Shiekh Ahmed and discussed bilateral relations and the problems facing the African continent and the Horn of Africa area. President Al-Bashir congratulated Shiekh Sharief on behalf of the Sudanese government and people on the success of the peace process in Somali, wishing him success and pledging support to the new Somali government. BT/BT

President Al-Bashir meets Ban Ki-moon on sidelines of African summit

Addis Ababa, Feb. 1 (SUNA)- President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir met on the sidelines of the summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa Sunday United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon. The meeting was confined to the two sides, where the Sudanese side included President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir and Assistant of the President of the Republic Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, while the UN side included Mr. Ban Ki-moon and his assistant. BT/BT

Dr. Ismail Appreciates Level of Cooperation between Sudan and Egypt

Addis Ababa, Feb. 1 (SUNA)- The Presidential Advisor, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, has praised the steps adopted up to now in the context of the integration between Sudan and Egypt. In a press statement on the sidelines of the current African Union Summit, Dr. Ismail referred to the measure adopted by Sudan and Egypt for the movement of the citizens and funds, and especially the increase in Egyptian investments in Sudan. He said that the joint Sudanese - Egyptian ministerial committee is due to meet in the first half of the current year in Khartoum, adding that the Egyptian party will be headed by the Prime Minister, while the Sudanese side will be chaired by the Vice President, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha. MO/MO

Chairperson of the African Union Commission: ICC adopts double-standards

Addis Ababa, Feb. 1 (SUNA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Jean Ping, has wondered why the International Criminal Court (ICC) makes unfounded allegations against the African leaders, while it turns a blind eye to the documented acts of killings and genocides which are being committed before the eyes of the world and its cameras, referring to the ugly acts committed in the Gaza Sector in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. In a press conference following the deliberations of the African Union ministers, Dr. Ping pointed out that notwithstanding the principle of preventing impunity, but the ICC is not committed to the principle of justice and non politicization of the law. Meanwhile, the official of the African Union affairs in the Libyan Jamahiriyah, Dr. Ali Al-Teraiki, has affirmed in statement to Sudan News Agency (SUNA), the strong condemnation by Africa to the allegations of the ICC against President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir. BT/BT

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