NSS Director Akol Koor, Ethiopia’s Intelligence chief hold security meeting

Director of South Sudan’s Internal Security Bureau, Akol Koor Kuc and his Ethiopian counterpart, Temesgen Tiruneh, Ethiopia’s head of Intelligence | Photo: File

The Director-General of South Sudan’s Internal Security Bureau, Akol Koor Kuc and his Ethiopian counterpart, Temesgen Tiruneh, Director General of the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) have held a joint security meeting on issues affecting the region.

The bilateral meeting between the two security chiefs revolved around efforts to improve capacity-building sectors and mitigate cross-border crimes in the two neighboring countries.

“During the discussion, the two sides agreed to strengthen their cooperation on regional security issues,” according to a statement NISS sent to FBC on Wednesday.

The two leaders affirmed their firm commitment to bolstering regional peace – by conducting regular trainings and reducing the proliferation of illegal firearms, human trafficking and cross-border terrorism.

On his part, the Director General of the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Temesgen Tiruneh, reaffirmed his commitment to offering high-level training for security agents in South Sudan.

S. Sudan finds itself in the hot soup over its close ties with Qatar

South Sudan’s delegation headed by Security Adviser on Presidential Affairs meets with Qatar’s officials in Doha |Photo: Via Facebook

Dec 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Egyptian government has issued a statement expressing concern over South Sudan’s close diplomatic relations with the government of Qatar, as evidenced by the recent visit of Tut Gatluak Manime, security advisor to President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

“Egypt has followed with great concern Tut Qalwak’s [Gatluak] recent visit to Doha. Qalwak is the security adviser to the president of South Sudan, and his visit has raised suspicions about Qatar’s next moves in the region after the fall of its ally in Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. It seems that Doha is turning to Juba to build new influence there,” the statement said.

“Political sources in Cairo said that Doha was keen during Gatluak’s visit to know the limits reached by relations between Juba and Cairo, and whether or not South Sudan had promised Egypt to let it build a military base on its territory.”

Since 2017, Egypt – along with other Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on suspicion of supporting terrorist activities in the region.

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Sudan, US-based Visa Inc enter into agreement for the first time

(Thessherald)–For the first time in decades, the Sudanese government and a Washington-based technology company, Visa Inc have entered into an agreement that will see the United States provide an electronic payment system in Sudan.

“We are working closely with select financial institutions in Sudan to progress the introduction of Visa payment solutions in the country,” said the company in a statement.

The step taken by the two countries is seen as a milestone toward rebuilding shaky diplomatic relations between the United States and Sudan.

“Visa is pleased to be building new partnerships that will bring the benefit of Visa’s world-class payment technology to help support financial inclusion and economic growth in Sudan” said the world’s largest payments technology company.

US urged to lift sanctions on Sudan

Authorities in Sudan have been pleading with the Trump administration to remove Sudan from its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, noting such long-term sanctions have caused so much suffering to the Sudanese people as international companies are not allowed to do business in Sudan. .

Compensation demanded for a 1998-attack allegedly sponsored by Al-Bashiir’s former regime.

Scene after the Al Qaeda bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, which killed 213 people (August 7, 1998) (Photo: Not Known)

Last month, American victims filed a lawsuit from the US Supreme Court, demanding a huge sum of money of about $ 4.3 billion, in compensation for the heavy losses incurred during the terrorist attacks.

Resolution of the case is a key requirement for Sudan’s removal from the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism and part of its efforts to rejoin the international community following a grass-roots revolution in the country.

The petition was backed by the United States authorities. “This is important because it sends a strong signal to the people that the U.S. government hires all over the world – the staff of embassies – that your families are going to be protected if you’re killed or injured in service to the United States,” said Steven Perles, co-counsel for the plaintiff and one of the foremost litigators in holding foreign governments accountable for sponsoring terrorism.