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Newsline: Career diplomat turned Sudan’s first female foreign minister

Asma Mohamed Abdalla, a seasoned diplomat who was sacked decades ago by now ousted leader Omar al-Bashir, has become Sudan’s first female foreign minister as the country transitions to civilian rule. Born in 1946, Abdalla was sworn in on Sunday as a member of the country’s new 18-member cabinet, the first since Bashir was overthrown by the army in April. Bashir, who had seized power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989, was deposed following months of nationwide protests against his ironfisted rule. Dressed in a white traditional Sudanese tobe and wearing spectacles, Abdalla took the oath as foreign affairs minister at the presidential palace along with 17 other ministers. The swearing-in ceremony was held in the presence of members of the joint civilian-military ruling sovereign council, including its chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Abdalla, whose studies were partly in the United States, was one of the first three women to join Sudan’s foreign ministry as a diplomat after graduating from Khartoum University in 1971 with a degree in economics and political science. But she was sacked in 1991 by the then administration of Bashir, who had seized power two years before in a coup. (https://news.yahoo.com/abdalla-career-diplomat-turned-sudans-first-female-foreign-101500987.html) Abdalla’s appointment is part of new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s plan to have a government made up of technocrats and one that reflects gender balance.

Newsline: U.S. Supreme Court to mull punitive damages against Sudan over embassy bombings

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 28 agreed to hear a bid to reinstate $4.3 billion in punitive damages against Sudan in a lawsuit accusing it of complicity in the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. The justices took up an appeal by hundreds of people hurt and relatives of people killed in the bombings as they seek to reinstate the punitive damages that a lower court in 2017 ruled could not be levied against Sudan in addition to about $6 billion in compensatory damages imposed in the litigation. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-sudan/u-s-supreme-court-to-hear-bid-to-revive-punitive-damages-against-sudan-over-embassy-bombings-idUSKCN1TT20W) Twelve Americans were among the dead in the Aug. 7, 1998, attacks, with thousands of other people wounded. The damages were imposed by default because for most of the litigation Sudan did not appear before a lower court to defend itself against allegations that it harbored and provided support to the Islamist militant group al Qaeda, which led to the bombings.

Newsline: Sudan’s foreign ministry summons British ambassador

Sudan’s foreign ministry summoned the British ambassador in Khartoum to protest his remarks on political developments in the country, Sudan’s state news agency (SUNA) reported. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-politics-britain/sudans-foreign-ministry-summons-british-ambassador-agency-idUSKCN1TD2BX) Britain’s ambassador Irfan Siddiq tweeted last week after attempts to disperse Sudan’s protest sit-in: “No excuse for any such attack. This. Must. Stop. Now”. The spokesman of Sudan’s foreign ministry said to SUNA that the ministry protests the repeated tweets of the ambassador, and that it contradicts “the established diplomatic norms”.

Top U.S. diplomat for Africa to travel to Sudan to urge talks

The U.S. top diplomat for Africa will visit Sudan this week to meet with a transitional military council and the country’s civilian opposition to urge talks, the State Department said on Monday. Talks between the two collapsed last week when security forces stormed a sit-in that had been the focal point of Sudan’s protest movement for nearly two months.Tibor Nagy, the U.S. assistant secretary for Africa, will also discuss a political solution for Sudan during a visit to Ethiopia, whose Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has tried to mediate between the military council and protest movement. (https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Top-US-diplomat-for-Africa-to-travel-to-Sudan-to-urge-talks-592098) “He will call for a cessation of attacks against civilians and urge parties to work toward creating an enabling environment … for talks to resume,” the State Department said, adding that Nagy will later travel to Mozambique and South Africa.

Newsline: Sudan summons Egypt’s ambassador over border dispute

Sudan has summoned Egypt’s ambassador to protest his country’s announcement of an international tender in a disputed border area between the two nations. According to the official SUNA news agency, an unnamed senior Foreign Ministry official conveyed Khartoum’s protest over Egypt’s announcement for a bid in the disputed Halayeb triangle, a point of contention between Egypt and Sudan that dates back to British colonial times. (https://www.foxnews.com/world/sudan-summons-egypts-ambassador-over-border-dispute) The move came days after Egypt’s oil ministry announced the international tender. Sudan also warned international firms from joining the bid or carrying any explorations in this area and urged Egypt to employ “peaceful means” to solve the border dispute. Since 1958, Sudan annually renews its complaint to the U.N. Security Council over the territory.

Newsline: Sudan summons Egypt ambassador over ‘insulting’ TV series

Sudan has summoned the Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum to complain about a TV series that portrays Egyptian rebel fighters living in the neighbouring country. The Sudanese foreign ministry said on Saturday that the Ramadan series, titled Abu Amr al-Masry, broadcasted by ON TV satellite channel, is “insulting to Egyptians living in Sudan and destroying the confidence and relations between the people of the two countries”. It urged Egypt to “stop attempts at disturbing the interests of the two countries”.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/sudan-summons-egypt-ambassador-insulting-tv-series-180520095212783.html

Newsline: Nigerian diplomat killed in Sudanese capital Khartoum

A Nigerian diplomat was found dead in his home in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Thursday, two security sources said. They said police were investigating the incident but provided no details on how he died. Officials from the Nigerian Embassy in Khartoum were not immediately available to comment. Dubai-based al-Arabiya television identified the diplomat as the consul general and described his death as an “assassination”. Reports on social media suggested the killers used a knife in the attack.

https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN1IB1PD-OZATP