Khartoum, Dec. 31 (SUNA) - Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Omer Gamar-Eddin Ismail announced end of the mandate of the United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today, the 31st of December, 2020 and it will start withdrawing its forces tomorrow, January 1 of the New Year.

Ismail reviewed in a press conference held today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the performance of his ministry on the occasion of the end of the year 2020, saying that by the end of today, December 31, the page of UNAMID's presence in Sudan is to be closed and put an end to its 13-year presence, that ended after painstaking marathon negotiations and it will begin to withdraw all its forces tomorrow with the start of the new year.

He said that the UN Security Council will initiate new measures regarding the presence of a symbolic force of 270 soldiers, in accordance with Chapter VI.

  In a related context, in reviewing the activities of his ministry, Ismail said that 80 US officials visited Sudan through 100 visits to Khartoum during the year 2020.

In a statement to SUNA, the minister explained that the process of these successive US officials' visits to Sudan dealt with a number of issues, including the issue of normalization in relations as well as discussing the peace processes that took place in Juba, praising the role and efforts of the Government of South Sudan for realization of peace in Sudan.


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