Khartoum — Sudan's presidential assistant, Nafie Ali Nafie, has accused unnamed western countries of using its influence within the World Bank (WB) to prevent Sudan from obtaining its rights and pressing other countries to not cooperate with Sudan.
Sudanese presidential assistant and vice chairman of ruling National Congress Party Nafie Ali Nafie
Nafie, who was speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the Third Baku International Humanitarian Forum, said that Africa has long suffered from foreign agendas behind the humanitarian work, describing the African experience with the western voluntary organizations as "rough".
Baku International Humanitarian Forum is a high-profile global scientific and political platform for tackling the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, holding dialogues, discussions and the exchange of views on a wide range of issues of humanitarian cooperation.
The forum, which was held in Baku from October 31to November 1, brought together officials from more than 70 countries, former presidents, scientists, cultural figures and Nobel Laureates.
Sudan's delegation to the forum included the minister of science and technology Issa Bushara, investment minister, Mustafa Osman Ismail state minister at the council of ministers Mohamed Mokhtar, state minister at the ministry of finance, Mohamed Youssef, and the secretary of foreign relations at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Ibrahim Ghandour.
Nafie said that the aim of Sudan's delegation's visit to Azerbaijan is to strengthen relations between the two countries and to working directly through ministerial committees.
The two sides have discussed the joint cooperation on political and economic domains, stressing the need to develop relations through continued cooperation.
Both sides have also agreed to coordinate stances on common regional and international issues and enhance cooperation.
Nafie also met with the Azerbaijan's speaker of the parliament Ogtay Asadov and discussed the bilateral relations and goals that have been accomplished during previous visits.
During the meeting, Asadov called for signing new cooperation agreements between the two countries.
Sudan's minister of science and technology, Issa Bushara, said that meeting discussed the evolving relations between the two countries who are also members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Nafie also met with Azerbaijani presidential assistant and delivered a letter from president, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, to the Azerbaijani president, Ilham Aliyev.
He stressed the NCP and the African parties readiness to cooperate with the Azerbajani political parties particularly as Sudan is the headquarters of the Council of the African Parties (CAP).
Nafie further called upon the Azerbaijani ruling party to open up to Africa.
The Azerbaijani deputy prime minister, Ali Shamil Oglu Hasanov, for his part, underscored the importance of cooperation with Africa, saying that his government seeks to achieve peace and prosperity for its people.
Upon his return to Khartoum, the Sudanese presidential assistant said that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the ruling New Azerbaijan party exchanged a memorandum of understanding that is currently being reviewed under in preparation for signature.
He said that there are other draft MoU's on economic issues to be exchanged adding that expects the Sudanese oil minister Awad al-Jaz will soon visit to Baku.
"The leaders of Azerbaijan are keen to provide opportunities for technology transfer in the fields of oil and other [fields] to Sudan ," Nafie added.
He said that the conference they attended could be helpful to correct the course of humanitarian work deviated by Western agenda .