Malaysian to help Sudan with development

Jan 21, 2003 01:00 AM

Sudan’s Ambassador to Malaysia Mohamed Adam Ismail talks of wasted opportunities for his people. In 1999, the country began exporting crude oil and recorded its first trade surplus in the last quarter of that year.
Current oil production is about 250,000 bpd, with Petronas playing a big role in exploration activities there. Adverse weather, weak world agricultural prices and civil strife are among the problems faced in a country ruled by an alliance of the military and the National Congress Party.

In August 1998, Sudan hit the world headlines following US bombing of a pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum, which was suspected of producing nerve gas. Having gained independence from Britain on Jan. 1, 1946, Sudan remains in the bad books of the US, which maintains trade sanctions on the republic.
Allegations linking Sudan to terror networks continue to linger and, the US Central Intelligence Agency listed it as one of the countries trying to acquire or expand secret arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. The US military action was based on a CIA report that the plant belonged to Osama bin Laden which produced empta to make deadly JX nerve gas.

Mohamed Adam Ismail, who hosted a reception to commemorate the republic’s 47th Independence Day, claims that the situation is peaceful in his homeland with crime being kept under check.
“We look at Malaysia as a role model for us. We gained our independence a year earlier, but your country is much ahead of us in terms of development. The Malaysian experience will be vital to Sudan’s development,” he said.

Source: Neftegaz.RU
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