The Sudanese government said on Tuesday the U.S. Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration would never meet the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir, either in his forthcoming visit to the country Saturday or in the future.
The Adviser to the Sudanese president Mustafa Osman Ismail affirmed in press statements in Khartoum Tuesday that there were no any arrangements for a meeting between al-Bashir and Gration, saying “There are no arrangements for that, and the U.S. envoy will never meet the president, whether in coming visit or in the future.”
The Sudanese official stressed his country’s keenness to continue the dialogue, saying “we still continue the dialogue with the U.S. envoy on the base that America is an important country, but we must confirm our view point that dealing with Washington should be within the framework of mutual respect, common interests and nonintervention in Sudan’s internal affairs.”
“The U.S. envoy started with and effort and a language that can be described as reconciling and calm, and we have responded to him and set up a plan to carry on. But we are aware that there are pressures being put on him.”
The U.S. envoy to Sudan Scott Gration is expected to arrive in Khartoum Saturday for a five-day official visit, after his country has announced a new strategy toward Sudan.
Director of the U.S. Affairs Department at the Sudanese Foreign Ministry and also ambassador to Sudan Nasr-Eddin Wali in a statement issued Monday, saying that the visit of the U.S. envoy, that comes after the announcement of the new American strategy toward Sudan, includes talks on bending issues, the bilateral relations and progress on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
Gration will meet a number of Sudanese officials, including Sudanese Vice-Presidents Salva Kiir Mayardit and Ali Osman Mohamed Taha.
Moreover, Gration is also to participate in a dialogue with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) both in Khartoum and Juba.
On Oct.19, the U.S. Administration announced a new strategy toward Sudan based on giving Sudan incentives if it acted to advance peace in Darfur and committed to the implementation of the CPA and the cooperation in combating terrorism, or there would be increased pressure imposed by the United States and the international community.
Since the issuance of an arrest warrant against the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC),the Sudanese president has never met any of the senior American officials who had visited Khartoum, after the U.S. had expressed obvious support of the ICC procedure despite the fact that it is not a member to it.