March 11, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has reiterated his commitment to making peace the highest priority in his new term and again urged arms bearers to return to the country.
The Sudanese army and its allied militias have been fighting Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan since 2011 and a group of armed movements in Darfur since 2003.
On 1 March, Bashir said in an electoral meeting in South Kordofan state that his government is capable of achieving peace this year through negotiations or war.
Bashir, who addressed a meeting of the national youth campaign for his reelection in Arkaweet suburb south of the capital Khartoum on Wednesday, said that Sudan has become a haven for citizens of neighboring countries who seek security.
“We welcomed South Sudanese [citizens] who sought refuge in our country [following the deadly conflict] and we did not blame them for South Sudan’s secession but we shared our food with them,” he added.
He said that peace in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan will remain top priority in his new term, adding that they seek to build a united, developed and civilised Sudanese nation.
Bashir also called for combating harmful habits and reducing financial cost of marriage to enable the youth to complete half of their religion (prophet Mohamed considered marriage for a Muslim as half of his religion).
He directed the national youth committee to continue its work after elections and make simplification of marriage procedures its next project, calling for establishing a bank for the youth in order to finance their projects and create job opportunities for them.
“Our young people are manufacturing cars, airplanes and tanks and they have proven to be creative when they are given the opportunity,” he added.