Publicado: Sáb, Enero 26, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Sudan's president, facing protests, looks for aid from Qatar

Sudan's president, facing protests, looks for aid from Qatar

Russian private contractors have been training Sudan's security forces, Russia's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

During Thursday's protests, thousands of people made their way to the streets of the capital after responding to calls by the Sudanese Professionals Association for nationwide demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Omar Al Bashir. Bashir returned to Sudan later the same day, according to a Reuters news agency report.

Both Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, smiled as they shook hands and embraced at the Emiri Diwan in Doha.

"Qatar reiterated its firm and continuous support for Sudan", he said, speaking to reporters at Khartoum airport after Bashir's return.

"By March, God willing, matters will be completely resolved", he said on Wednesday.

That took the official death toll from unrest since December from 19 to 29, according to Government investigatory committee spokesman Amer Mohamed Ibrahim.

Footage aired by Qatar state television showed the two later meeting at the palace, al-Bashir accompanied by an entourage of government officials on his first trip overseas since the protests began.

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The statement added that the United States condemns the use of violence, including "the use of live fire, and the excessive use of tear gas" by the Sudanese security forces.

"He obviously needs help and they (other allies) haven't been able to provide it", said Fraihat.

Demonstrations have been held repeatedly in at least 25 areas of Khartoum, with protesters attempting to deliver a petition to the presidential palace demanding that Bashir and his government step down. However, the opposition and global rights groups, including Amnesty worldwide, say the toll has surpassed 50.

More than 800 people have been arrested, including journalists, opposition leaders, protesters and civil society members.

The United States said it was "concerned about the increasing number of arrests and detentions" and urged the government to free "all journalists, activists and peaceful protesters who have been arbitrarily detained".

The United States has been slowly mending relations with Sudan after decades of tension, including over al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's refuge in the country in the 1990s and an anti-rebel campaign in the western region of Darfur that Washington described as genocide.

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