Sudan considers UN plan to reduce UNAMID mission in Darfur

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir yesterday discussed with African Union Peace and Security Commissioner, Ismail Sharqi, the United Nations Security Council decision to reduce United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) forces in Darfur.

“The meeting between Al-Bashir and Sharqi also discussed achieving peace in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and issues related to the AU High-Level Implementation Panel,” Sudanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Abdullah Idriss said.

The minister made the remarks following Al-Bashir’s return from the Tana Forum on Peace and Security in Africa in Ethiopia where African relations were discussed as well as financing reforms in the AU and peace and security in Africa.

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“During his visit, Al-Bashir also met with the new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and discussed bilateral relations, mechanisms to expand trade volumes between the two countries and enhanced security and stability in the region and the African continent in general,” Idriss said.

The UN Security Council decided in June last year to reduce the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) military troops to 11,395 and police officers to 2,888.