Sudan: Khartoum displeased with presence of Darfur rebel leader in France

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has told France that Khartoum is not happy with the French government providing safe haven for rebel leaders from Darfur region.

Ghandour on Sunday told France's Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Stephen Gruenberg, about the government's discontent over the hosting of rebel Abdul Wahid al-Nor and leaders of other opposition groups "who are bent on use of force to overthrow the government in Khartoum."

According to the ministry's spokesman,  Gareeballa al-Khidir, Paris hosts Nor in spite of the fact that he refused to join the Sudanese peace efforts brokered by the African Union.

Nor heads the Darfur rebel Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLA-M), the first group to lead rebellion in the restive region in 2004, though it is not the most powerful militarily in the region.

Politically, Nor is one of the most vocal elements within the armed opposition and popular among the Darfuri internally displaced persons.

The French envoy, reportedly, had approached Khartoum for joint action in helping Central African Republic to gain more stability.
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27 فبراير 2017 19:15:30

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