Sudan: Khartoum rejects US warning on travel to Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Friday rejected a warning by the U.S. Department of State to American citizens against travelling to Sudan's Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordufan regions on grounds of security.

In a statement, Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the State Department's notice issued on Thursday as negative and contradictory to facts on the ground.

“U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the Darfur region, Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states and consider carefully before planning travel to other areas of Sudan due to the risks of terrorism, armed conflict and violent crime,” said the State Department.

According to the foreign affairs ministry in Khartoum, the warning was unfounded and contradicted regular reports by Americans and international organizations about the stability  and security in Sudan.

The ministry cited a number of recent visits to those regions by foreign delegations, including a former US special envoy to Sudan, the UK envoy and European Union ambassadors who moved freely from one state to another.

It stressed that the government of Sudan "is resolved to continue with its policy on cementing peace and security in all regions of the country."

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31 march 2017 17:31:45

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