Khartoum names envoy to Juba (07/01/2012)
(Sudan Tribune) Sudan has nominated a government official to become its envoy in South Sudan, according to local press reports, as Khartoum prepares to receive a southern diplomatic delegation. The subtly pro-government Al-Ra'y al-Amm newspaper in Khartoum reported that Sudan's senior government figure, Mutrif Sidiq, had been nominated to serve as Khartoum's ambassador in the newly independent state of South Sudan. Mutrif has in recent years served in a number of senior positions, he was a state minister for foreign affairs, a state minister for humanitarian affairs and a state minister for international cooperation. He was also a member of Sudan's negotiating team during Naivasha talks. Citing "informed sources", the paper added that Mutrif's nomination was accepted by President Al-Bashir, and that Khartoum was now waiting for Juba's approval. Meanwhile, a high-level diplomatic delegation from South Sudan is expected to arrive in Khartoum and hold talks with senior officials, including Foreign Minister Ali Karti.
(Source: Sudan Tribune dated 7th January 2012)