Sudan wants UN mission out

Tanzania Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe with his Sudanese counterpart Prof Ibrahim Ghandour of Sudan

Tanzania Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe with his Sudanese counterpart Prof Ibrahim Ghandour of Sudan

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir special envoy is in Tanzania lobbying for President Jakaya Kikwete’s support to plead with the United Nations to repatriate its peacekeeping mission from the troubled region of Darfur.

Prof Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour, Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs met with Tanzania’s outgoing leader Kikwete at the State House Monday delivering Bashir’s message.

“It’s high time the UN troops go back considering that we’re now stable,” Professor Ghandour told the press after his meeting with the president.

He said that once troubled country which witnessed years of violence has managed to conduct a free and fair election and that dialogue with the neighboring South Sudan is progressing very well thus reason for UN to withdraw.

“The issue of national dialogue is also working well. Next month we will be discussing about peace and security, economic issues, and poverty alleviation,” Ghandour said Monday thanking Dr Kikwete for demonstrating readiness to support his government.

He meanwhile called on Tanzanians to seize investment opportunities especially in the area of oil, education, health and agriculture. According to the foreign affairs minister, a Tanzanian firm was recently awarded a multi-billion shilling contract to import and supply petroleum products in Sudan.

Prof Ghandour made it clear that oil, mining and agriculture were the major areas that “brothers and sisters” from across Africa can invest.

After decades of fighting between Sudanese blacks and Arabs, in 2011 South Sudan won its independence from it’s northern neighbour, but the UN and AU are still in the Western Sudanese region of Darfur jointly trying to completely pacify the devastated area.

Bernard Membe, Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations expressed Tanzania commitment at a press briefing to continue supporting Sudan to maintain peace and security in Sudan