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Russia to boost Sudan military, says Bashir

Sudan seizes 3 newspapers for covering protests
AFP

KHARTOUM: President Omar al-Bashir yesterday said that Khartoum and Moscow have agreed on a programme to boost Sudan's military capabilities, reports AFP. In an address to army officers and soldiers in the Red Sea town of Port Sudan, Bashir said the plan aimed to enable the Sudanese military to counter any threat.

He said "Sudan has a programme with Russia to develop the Sudanese armed forces in a way that will deter anybody who intends to harm the country", the official SUNA news agency reported.

SUNA gave not details of the plan. Bashir's comments follow his visit to Russia in November, where according to Sudanese media he asked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to "protect" his country from the United States.

The visit came just weeks after the United States lifted its trade embargo imposed on Sudan in 1997.

Another AFP report adds: Sudanese security agents seized the entire print-runs of three newspapers on Thursday after they covered food price protests in Khartoum and other towns, their editors said. Opposition groups have organised repeated demonstrations since bread prices jumped in early January when a government decision to leave wheat imports to the private sector triggered a sharp rise in the cost of flour.

Several newspapers have criticised the government’s decision, and on Thursday agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) confiscated the print-runs of Al-Tayar, Al-Midan and Al-Jadida newspapers.

 

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