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U.S. hopes to enhance human rights and religious freedoms cooperation with Sudan: envoy


US charge d'affaires Steven Koutsis speaks on 11 July 2017 (ST photo)

January 29, 2019 (KHARTOUM)- The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Khartoum Steven Koutsis has expressed his country’s desire to cooperate with Sudan on human rights and religious freedoms.

Speaking at a workshop on religious freedoms in Sudan on Monday, Koutsis pointed to Sudan’s cultural and religious diversity, saying Muslims, Christians and other believers live side by side and maintain friendships and mutual support.

He expressed hope that the outcome of the workshop contributes to enhancing the Sudanese-American cooperation on human rights, religious freedoms and humanitarian access to the needy population in war zones.

For his part, the director of U.S. and Europe department at Sudan’s Foreign Ministry Omer Ahmed called to activate the work of the non-Muslims committee and expand its activities across the country.

He pointed out that the workshop is being held within the framework of the ongoing dialogue between Sudan and the U.S., saying a number of issues have been discussed including religious freedoms in the law and jurisprudence, religious coexistence, construction of houses of worship and Christian schools holidays.

It is noteworthy that the workshop has been held under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry and the Sudanese Council of Churches with the participation of several academics, foreign embassies, religious scholars, United Nations and human rights groups.

In a statement last week, the U.S. Department of State condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Sudan and urged the release of the detainees. Further, it recalled that the normalization of bilateral relations including Sudan removal from terror list requires ensuring freedoms.

It stressed that a positive relationship between the United States and Sudan requires “meaningful political reform and clear, sustained progress on respect for human rights”.

In October 2017, the U.S. Administration permanently lifted 20-year-old economic sanctions against Sudan citing positive actions on humanitarian access and counter-terrorism.

The decision was in line with the “Five Track Engagement Plan”, in which Khartoum agreed to a cessation of hostilities with the armed groups, opened unfettered humanitarian access in the conflict-affected areas, agreed to support efforts for peace in South Sudan and developed cooperation with the U.S. to counter terrorism in the region.

However, Washington didn’t remove Sudan’s name from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. In addition, it keeps in place targeted sanctions against individuals with arrest warrants related to atrocities committed during the conflict in Darfur.

Last November, Sudanese foreign minister El-Dirdeiry Ahmed and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan started talks in Washington on the normalization of bilateral relations and the removal of his country from the terror list which is the major obstacle in this respect.

At the time, sources close to the talks told Sudan Tribune the two sides agreed to develop a new plan labelled the “five-track engagement +1” to say it would include important parts of the previous five-track engagement that led to the lift of the economic sanctions.

The sources further pointed out that the focus in the new plan will be on human rights and freedoms, particularly religious freedom.

“So, this time Washington wants Khartoum to observe the international law and principles on this respects but also to amend its repressive and coercive laws,” the sources said.


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  • 30 January 2019 02:21, by Pakuai

    I shouldn’t be commenting on things to with cloned so-called Arab North Sudan, but their trolls have been pestering us with their bullsh*ts for a very long time here on their SUDANTRIBUNE propaganda machine. For goodness sake, l though that some diplomats with link to countries like the US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called Israel) attack dog and their gulf Arab states paymasters of Saudi Arabia should not be having spines to lecture other countries about human rights, democracy, rule of law and freedom of religion!!>>>

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    • 30 January 2019 02:33, by Pakuai

      Human rights, democracy, rule of law and freedom to exercise your believes are very good for everyone. But some people with connection to establishments in the US, the UK, israel, gulf Arab states of and Saudi Arabia and others really respect what they always preach other countries? Well there are some honest people in the above countries who really respect what they always preach other countries. But some more informed citizenry of other countries just don’t buy the the blatant hypocrisy of the US, the UK, their israel and their gulf Arab states financiers some of these days>>>

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      • 30 January 2019 02:49, by Pakuai

        Renditions right after September the 2001, spring to mind and Guantanamo imprisonment of muslim fighters without charge was another, the US of all countries still capital punishment and does her Saudi Arabia’s staunch ally. Their israel ally has practice an apartheid-like treatment to Palestinians, their so-called black Jews and African migrants. The US jail minorities like African Africans & the so-called Lations in record numbers and the white police just seem to have a big simmering war with African Americans or Latinos>>>

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        • 30 January 2019 03:02, by Pakuai

          For the UK though, l have never personally gone there and l have no plan of going to that devil infested lsland. But l according to what l read, hear on news or with some friends who have gone to the UK, English people relationship with their Afro-Carribeans and other minorities is not pretty, l am told. There is even a popular activist, an Australian man called Julian Assuage of ’Wiki leak’ the online web site has exposed the US, the UK and shady allies excesses to the whole World has been hold-up in Ecuadorian embassy in London without charge>>>

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          • 30 January 2019 03:24, by Pakuai

            All things that explain above are not mere fictions, they are almost over 80% truths. And anyone can go again to any libry or any internet cafe and ’fact check’ them. The US, the UK, their israel attack dog, their gulf Arab states financiers and some of their shady allies in between are living in parallel universe than other countries and other people. Just across the Red Sea in Yemen, the US, the UK and their allies supplied Saudi Arabia & the gulf Arab states with high powered weapons to bully innocent Yemenis civilians and this is simply to fight the less armed Houthi people considered to have link to ’shite sect’ of Islam, which is also link to Iran, the competitor of both Saudi Arabia, the US and their israel attack dog in the Middle and even here in Africa>>>

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            • 30 January 2019 03:39, by Pakuai

              Some South Sudanese in the know, know this, when Mr. Riek Machar and his allies let their balls carry them away in 2013 and staged a coup to take power by force on the ’directives’ of the US, the UK. their UN, their NGOs and their israel attack dog and when Mr. Salva Kiir and allies asked Mr. Museveni of Uganda for help since most of the SPLA soldiers who overwhelmed the SPLA were Nuer malititias who were welcomed back into the SPLA in 2006 after the 2005 CPA. And defected to join their Riek Machar, Ngundeng Buong magician>>>

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              • 30 January 2019 03:53, by Pakuai

                The then Barack Hussein Obama and his bunch of evil juus (so-called israelis) in the US states department, the UK, their UN and even some other fools in the African Union and even some of their clowns here in IGAD countries screamed at the top of their evil lungs that Uganda must withdraw her troops immediately. But when Mr. Omar Hassan All Bashir and Chad president were asked by the gulf Arab states of Saudi, UAE to send them their reinforcements for their war in Yemen, the US, the UK, their UN, the AU and some of our IGAD countries kept quiet. Can you fellows see?>>>>

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                • 30 January 2019 04:04, by Pakuai

                  All these times, South Sudan and South Sudanese small issues are what every hyena around the world are so obsessed with when there are massive problems in DR Congo, Burundi, Kenya Ethiopia, Somalia, Central Africa republic (CAR), Darfur, Southern Kordupan and Southern Blue Nile, Libya, Northern Nigeria and Mali. Fellows, the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their UN, their gulf Arab states paymasters and some of their creepy allies in between love affair with our country and people has gone too far>>>>

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                  • 30 January 2019 04:14, by Pakuai

                    And the evils are going to bombed out of our country and over our people pretty badly and indeed out of Africa once and for all, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. That South Sudan can be chess game like then East and West Germany during their then cold war and the evils hope that South Sudan and North Sudan can be reunited, and then the evils would then run to their capitals and brag that their so-called *capitalism has trumps over their so-called Communism and socialism*>>>>

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                    • 30 January 2019 04:27, by Pakuai

                      South Sudan is not part of the so-called damned ANGLO-AMERICA, never has and will never damned will. And South Sudanese people are so-called ANGLO-AMERICA empire subjects or slaves, never have and will never will, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. who really want the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis) attack dogs, Arabs and some of their shifty allies in between in our country fellows? Not even one. But we have some our foolish doctors of philosophy (PhDs) like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe, Hakim Dario and other bunch losers who have sold themselves, their souls to the devils and they would also want to our country and our people to their devil masters, good luck to them>>>>

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                      • 30 January 2019 04:38, by Pakuai

                        And their devil masters. Watch this space, you have stepped on the wrong people’s feet, the Sudanese men----the Dinka’s/Monyjiengs of the Sudan to be precise. Where was the African UN when it let Libya be bombed by the US, the UK, France with gulf Arab states money and cowered like goats being led into the Nile? But when it comes South Sudan’s small issues, then every piece of would want to be a South Sudan or South Sudanese people uncle and some of these days, through blackmails, threats, coercions and intrigues. Really, what do these vermin really think they are to our country and people?

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                        • 30 January 2019 05:59, by Pakuai

                          Fellows. my posts are always ’re-subedited’ by the propagandists behind SUDAN TRIBUNE and this is simply to discredit my posts by some of my losers behind SUDAN TRIBUNE that my posts lack grammatical nuances. Some of my posts are always intentionally deleted. For those South Sudanese not in the know. SUDAN TRIBUNE posts are ghost written by cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan like Eastern, Jubaone and others and paid by CIA, MI6, Mossad. NISS, UN, NGOs, even some UMIMISS so-called peacekeepers, Abeshas (so-called Ethiopians) or even some Kenyans>>>>

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                        • 30 January 2019 06:00, by Pakuai

                          Fellows. my posts are always ’re-subedited’ by the propagandists behind SUDAN TRIBUNE and this is simply to discredit my posts by some of my losers behind SUDAN TRIBUNE that my posts lack grammatical nuances. Some of my posts are always intentionally deleted. For those South Sudanese not in the know. SUDAN TRIBUNE posts are ghost written by cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan like Eastern, Jubaone and others and paid by CIA, MI6, Mossad. NISS, UN, NGOs, even some UMIMISS so-called peacekeepers, Abeshas (so-called Ethiopians) or even some Kenyans>>>>

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                          • 30 January 2019 06:11, by Pakuai

                            And all these bunch of foreign trolls are given what to write against South Sudan and are paid by the gulf Arab states through CIA, MI6 and other creepy agencies posing as NGOs workers or European or American real journalists. Has any South Sudanese ever find where SUDANTRIBUNE office in Juba is? My lowly informed South Sudanese fools, open your damned eyes, we are going to bomb anything that is connected to our enemies out of our country and over our people once and for all, reasons fellows, pure HATRED and RACISM>>>>

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