Sudan Briefs European Union on Steps to Fight Terror

Published July 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Sudanese official has briefed European Union ambassadors about steps Khartoum has taken to combat terrorism on national, regional and international levels, a newspaper reported Thursday. 

Sudan's undersecretary for foreign affairs Awad al-Kerim Fadlalla colleagues informed the envoys Wednesday of regional and global anti-terrorism conventions Sudan has subscribed to, in addition to anti-terrorism provisions in Sudanese law, As-Sahafa daily said. 

"The Sudan itself is a victim of terrorism," Fadlalla was quoted by the paper as complaining to the EU. There was no elaboration. 

Khartoum is designated a state sponsor of terrorism by Washington, notably because of its alleged links with Osama bin Laden. 

In retaliation for the bombings of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in August 1998, US forces launched missile strikes on a pharmaceutical plant near Khartoum alleged to be working for bin Laden. 

Sudan vehemently protested the missile attack.  

The briefing Wednesday culminated months of renewed talks with the EU on issues like human rights, democracy, peace, and Sudan's relations with its neighbors.  

The undersecretary said the two sides would hold a final meeting next September to endorse a joint document on the outcome of the dialogue - KHARTOUM (AFP) 

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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