Medina- Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir expressed no regret over boycotting Iran, showing no concern over its war strategy that was a hidden factor in the recently-ended relations. The President said Iran is leading an Israeli-cruciferous coalition, paving the way towards its Farisi project in the Arab and African regions and to fanning division in the Arab region through establishing the Israeli country and the Safavid one.
Bashir revealed to Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that the Sudanese pursuits to find a way to unite the Libyans and combat security and terrorist threats that are influencing neighboring countries in the Arab and African regions, Egypt, Chad and Sudan namely.
As to Bashir’s last visit to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, the President said the visit focused on consultations and continuous coordination to face the current enigmatic conditions of the region and the conspiracies planned against it.
“According to us, the Kingdom is the center of the Islamic world and the land of the Two Holy Mosques, not to mention the tight bilateral relations between Sudan and Saudi Arabia,” Bashir told Asharq al-Awsat.
On whether boycotting Iran economically and politically has harmed Khartoum, Bashir said there wasn’t actually any economic cooperation between the two countries since debt was always standing in the way of any attempt to develop economic relations.
Speaking of Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, JASTA, Bashir said that JASTA is “the street language, in other words, the law of the jungle, because it takes away from you what you don’t even have. If some of the U.S. citizens were influenced by the attacks on the World Trade Center in which souls were lost and institutions were destroyed, then we should also mention that the U.S. has committed huge murders in various regions of the world… JASTA will bring evil to the U.S. because this country’s victims are way more than the attacks’ victims.”
In the field of combatting corruption, Sudan’s President bragged about having anti-corruption bodies and mechanisms that can’t be found in any other country. “In 1989 when we became in charge, the last five years of Sudan accounts were not revised and the auditor general wasn’t supposed to submit his report to the parliament. Nowadays, his report is directly submitted to the parliament which gives feedback and follows up,” said Bashir.
As for the program entrusted with enhancing the livelihood, Bashir did not deny the tough economic conditions. “Sudan’s economy witnessed several crises. In 2005 when the peace agreement was signed, we lost more than half our oil revenues. In 2008, when the international economic crisis occurred, South Sudan split and we lost the oil of the south. However, thanks to the exerted efforts, the expected collapse did not occur. We don’t promise to accomplish all the aspirations promptly because of the sanctions and siege imposed on Sudan – however there is a program that seeks establishing this gradually, knowing that the current economic program has recorded several successes.
Bashir wrapped up the interview hailing the solutions reached by the national dialogue and the decision to prepare a Sudanese document that is supposed to manage Sudan in the future. Bashir described this stage as the stage dedicated for implementing the recommendations of the national dialogue.