Sudan tightens security at air, sea ports

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has tightened security measures at all of its air and sea ports for fear of possible infiltration by terrorists.
Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman said that security agents would check entry visas of foreigners entering the country or transiting through to other countries to make sure no terrorist suspects slipped through.
The measure came in the wake of last Tuesday's attacks on the U.
S power symbols in the cities of Washington and New York after which the Bush Administration began mobilising forces to hit back at terrorist organisations.
"We are keen not to let Sudan be a crossing point or a safe haven for terrorist suspects," Osman said in a statement quoted by the Khartoum press Monday.
He reiterated Sudan's condemnation of the terrorist attacks in the U.
S, saying the World should stand firm against it.
"Sudan rejects terrorism and believes that fighting terrorism is the collective responsibility of the world community," he said.
Meanwhile, Osman warned against linking terrorism to Arabs and Moslems, saying, "It is Israel that has been disseminating this fallacy," he said.
In a related development, Germany's Lufthansa airline said in Khartoum Sunday it was suspending its flights to the Sudanese capital for two weeks.
A press release from the company's Khartoum office said the flight suspension was due to the recent attacks in the US.
It said the company had also suspended flights to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Muscat (Oman), Sana'a (Yemen) and Dammam (Saudi Arabia).
The company said the suspension would remain effective until 1 October.
The company has diverted bookings to Kenyan and Egyptian airlines.

17 september 2001 12:57:00




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