Home | News    Saturday 5 October 2013

Sudan denies Saudi Arabia supported anti-government protests


October 4, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese foreign ministry has denied media reports about Saudi Arabia’s support for the recent protests and the opposition forces to topple the regime and said that Sudan’s relations with the Gulf States are strong and well-established.

People look on as cars are set alight during protests over fuel subsidy cuts in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on 25 September 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Last week, violent clashes erupted between the demonstrators and security forces in different parts of the Sudan following the government’s decision to remove fuel subsidies leading to at least 34 deaths according to official figures and more than a 200 according to activists, opposition, and human rights organisations.

The foreign ministry also refuted in a statement on Friday that Saudi Arabia denied receiving Sudan’s foreign minister, Ali Ahmed Karti, as claimed by a prominent journalist.

The pro-government columnist, Ishag Ahmed Fadl-Allah, wrote in Al-Youm Al-Tali daily on Thursday that Gulf States refused to receive Karti last week because of Sudan’s growing relations with Iran, mentioning Sudan’s reception of Iranian navy warships.

Sudan twice allowed Iranian warships to dock in Port Sudan last year, drawing concern by the United States and its allies in the Gulf.

The statement also denied a report published on Friday by the pro-government Al-Sahafa daily claiming that an American report linked Saudi Arabia to the recent protests.

The foreign ministry further said that Sudan’s relations with all Gulf States are "strong and based on solid foundations of brotherhood, faith, common visions, and deep popular links".

The statement added that Sudan rejects any attempt to harm those relations whatever its motivation was. It further stressed that no Gulf State refused to receive the foreign ministry, saying that Karti’s schedule didn’t include a visit to the Gulf over the past period.

It also said that claims of the American report are "absolutely wrong", adding that it is nothing but an attempt to harm the strong and brotherly ties between Sudan and Saudi Arabia.

It called upon the press and columnists to refrain from reporting false information which harms the strategic relations with the Gulf States.

Last August, Saudi Arabia closed its airspace to the plane carrying Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir on his way to Iran where he was scheduled to attend the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Hassan Rouhani thus forcing him and his delegation to return home.

Observers speculated that Sudan’s growing ties with Iran could have irked the Saudis prompting them to block Bashir’s flight.

Several internal circles have recently reported Saudi support for the Sudanese opposition and activists seeking to overthrow the regime.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Why Sudan’s interests lie in U.S. delisting and normalization with Israel 2020-10-22 06:08:56 By: Trayo A. Ali How will the de-linking of the American process for removing Sudan from the State Sponsor of Terror (SST) list from its process of normalizing relations with Israel diminish (...)

No to calls for anti-peace protests 2020-10-22 06:07:08 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Some traditional Sudanese political parties have grown old and are crying out to demand that the Sudanese people go out on October 21, 2020, in a major demonstration to (...)

The 21 October March: Who is the Enemy? 2020-10-21 05:52:11 By Yasir Arman One of the main features of the December revolution is its vitality and the broad participation of women and youth, resistance committees, martyrs' families, forces from the (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan: Performing arts is not a crime, assaulting women and artists is! 2020-09-20 08:54:28 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Sudan is still struggling with militant Islamist ideology KHARTOUM: Central Khartoum Primary Court issued a verdict against five (...)

Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments 2020-08-14 07:11:00 A Collaborative Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments (Abolishing and Amending Provisions Restricting Freedom) – Exposing ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ Sudanese women (...)

Remarks by SRF leaders at the Friend of Sudan meeting on peace 2020-08-13 07:58:58 Chairman of the Friends of Sudan Conference, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Prime Minister of Sudan and the participating team from the (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.