Sudan Offers Rare Praise of United Nations

Khartoum — The Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti said on Tuesday that Khartoum is not opposed to the role played by the United Nations in his country and called for expanding humanitarian assistance provided by the world body.

Sudan's top diplomat said that his government differentiates between UN for peace and agendas adopted by some countries hostile to Khartoum.

Karti made the remarks during his meeting with the representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sudan Mr. Ali Hassan Al-Zaatari.

The Sudanese minister expressed his country's gratitude to the UN for programs and projects it is running saying that it has led to a huge improvement in the humanitarian situation. He called for extending UN aid to areas in the East and the north .

Karti praised Al-Zaatari's handling and interaction with Sudan's issues and his for the goal of stabilizing the situation in the country noting that he is the first Arab official appointed at a senior UN position in Sudan.

For his part, Al-Zaatari pledged to expand the scope of projects through attracting support from international bodies. He welcomed the move by Khartoum to allow access by humanitarian groups to affected areas without requiring prior permission.

He praised the great cooperation provided by the Sudanese government which enabled the UN to access to areas in need of humanitarian assistance.

The UN official also stressed the importance of providing support to activists in the field of human rights and working to rehabilitate and train them.

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