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Sudan: We hope Khashoggi's death helps end Yemen war

November 23, 2018 at 10:11 am

A Yemeni man walks through the rubble of a building destroyed by an air strike carried out by the Saudi coalition in Sanaa, Yemen on 5 September 2018 [Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images]

Sudan’s Vice President, Ibrahim Al-Senoussi, expressed hope that the war in Yemen would end after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Al-Senoussi said: “Happy Yemen is sad because of the war that is killing children, elderly people and the disabled. The martyrdom of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may be a reason to stop the war.”

With regards the recent deals signed between Turkey and Sudan, the official said: “Perhaps the most important agreement is the restoration of the port of Suakin, which provoked a furore that would not have happened if it were not because of envy.”

He pointed out that the agreement to reconstruct the island “was described as granting Turkey a military base in Suakin”, and that the uproar was caused because the agreement was “portrayed this way.”

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He asked: “Should Turkey not have a base in the Red Sea, while America, Britain and others have bases here, and above all Israel’s bases?”

“It is strange that objection comes from Arab countries that did not object to the bases of other countries, but rather welcomed them.”

Al-Senoussi said Turkish-Sudanese relations are strengthening and developing as is evident from the recent visit of high-level delegation headed by Turkish Vice President Fuad Oktay to Sudan.

He explained that the visit was aimed at consultation and implementation of 22 agreements, “in the fields of agriculture, industry, energy and others”.

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While all eyes were on Khashoggi's case, Yemen is dying - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

While all eyes were on Khashoggi’s case, Yemen is dying – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]