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Foreign Minister Ambassador Ali Al-Sadiq, in an interview It covers the most important topics and most important aspects

By / Mohamed Gamal Gandol
We have reached an agreement with Iran to resume permanent diplomatic representation.”
“It saddens us that the UAE denies its heritage of relations with Sudan.”
“We have successfully avoided this scenario.”
“We maintain traditional friendships and effective cooperation with Russia.”
“Ending the mandates of Unitams and Volker is among the Foreign Ministry’s notable achievements.”
“The embassies in Khartoum and Tehran will be opened in both countries soon.”
“Iraq is no longer of significant concern to us.”
“In this case, we will reconsider our relationship with Iraq.”
“We hope the UAE reconsiders its positions on Sudan.”
“Chad showed hostility, allowing the transfer of weapons and supplying rebels.”
“We are working to fill essential positions in key diplomatic stations.”
“The implementation of the Jeddah Declaration is set to resume talks.”
“The Sudanese diplomatic movement has been surrounded by controversy amid the challenges posed by the war.”
Foreign Minister Ambassador Ali Al-Sadiq bears a significant burden in confronting plots against Sudan, actively engaging in various activities to enhance Sudan’s international standing.
In an interview with Al-Karama, Al-Sadiq candidlyaddressed questions, evaluating Sudan’s diplomatic performance during the challenging period of war. The diplomatic efforts have been pivotal in asserting Sudan’s unity and legitimacy, countering attempts to dismantle the state. All Sudanese missions abroad, representing national institutions, including the armed forces and the diplomatic establishment, have spoken with one voice, emphasizing national
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ali Al-Sadiq, shoulders a significant responsibility in confronting schemes to undermine the Sudanese state. He has remained active in various activities, communications, meetings, and travels, seeking to enhance Sudan’s international standing and thwart attempts to isolate it. Al-Sadiq has consistently presented a solid front against rebels and those supporting them, safeguarding the nation’s dignity and countering hidden agendas. In a candid interview with (Al-Karama), he delved into the diplomatic efforts during the war, responding clearly to questions amidst numerous challenges, demonstrating resilience in the face of dialogue

Q: How do you assess the achievements of Sudanese diplomacy in the recent period?
A: Sudanese diplomacy, faced with a war imposed on the country, swiftly responded by presenting a unified voice to the world. From day one, it communicated the resilience and unity of the Sudanese state, especially amid attempts to dismantle it. All Sudanese missions abroad, representing national institutions, including the armed forces and diplomatic entities, echoed a unified stance.
Q: How did the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tackle this challenging situation?
A: Under the guidance of the Sovereignty Council, Sudan’s diplomacy initiated immediate communication with allies, clarifying the reality of the situation in the country. This proactive approach proved crucial, preventing a scenario witnessed in other nations where diplomatic divisions weakened legitimacy. Despite economic hardships and disrupted financial transfers, Sudanese diplomacy efficiently continued its operations.
Q: What are the notable achievements in this context?
A: Sudanese diplomacy successfully concluded the mission of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Volker Perthes, and peacefully ended the mandate of the UNAMIS mission. This demonstrated effective engagement with the international community, preventing attempts to undermine Sudan’s sovereignty. Additionally, Sudan regained its membership in the UN Human Rights Council, thwarting British attempts to investigate human rights in the country.
Q: There’s controversy surrounding the isolation the country faced during the recent war. Can you address this?
A: Contrary to perceptions, Sudan is not isolated. The international community increasingly understands the reality of Sudan’s situation. Engagements in various international forums, such as the UN General Assembly and regional summits, reflect broader support. Key international and regional organizations, including the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, have taken reasonable stances, enhancing global understanding of Sudan’s crisis.
Q: Has there been a shift in global perception towards the Sudanese government?
A: Initially misunderstood as a power struggle, the situation in Sudan is now better comprehended globally. Support for the Sudanese government has grown, evident in positive stances from international organizations, the United States, the European Union, and others. This shift highlights an improved understanding of the crisis and increased backing for Sudan’s legitimate authority
Has the rapprochement with Iran come to a halt at the meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister, or is there an agreement on future steps to enhance closeness with Tehran?
We have agreed to resume resident diplomatic representation, subject to procedures in both countries. Soon, embassies of both nations will open, fostering visits and cooperation in energy, oil, mining, agriculture, industry, and related fields. This, of course, is contingent on the established procedures and arrangements in each country.”

s Sudan facing criticism for not forming strong alliances, particularly with Russia?
We prioritize balanced and positive relationships that serve our national interests, support regional and international peace and security. Our traditional friendship and effective cooperation with Russia remain unchanged.
Has Sudan only frozen its participation in IGAD, or are there upcoming measures?
IGAD is no longer a significant concern for us unless it corrects its stance towards Sudan.
There are accusations implicating the UAE in supporting rebellion. Why hasn’t Sudan filed a complaint at the UN Security Council, and is there any effort to resolve disputes?
We hope the UAE revisits its position to support peace and stability, honoring the historical ties. Sudan, however, is committed to protecting its national security, sovereignty, and dignity, using legal means to achieve this.
Regarding relations with Chad and its alleged support for rebellion, how do you view this in the context of intertwined security?
The security of both nations is interconnected. Past attempts at political and military intervention have proven futile. Peaceful coexistence and cooperation are the only viable options. Chad’s support for rebellion has strained relations, and peaceful resolution is preferable.
Concerning the absence of Sudanese diplomatic representation in crucial stations, how do you address this issue?
We aim to fill essential diplomatic positions based on the current financial situation, hoping for gradual improvement to ensure every ambassador or diplomat finds their place in missions.
Will the Jeddah platform resume?
The government is ready to resume Jeddah talks when conditions for success are met and facilitators devise a plan to implement the Jeddah Declaration, a cornerstone in the peace efforts.


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