Monday, 15 February 2010
FORMER US PRESIDENT CARTER CONCLUDES SUDAN VISIT
Former US president Jimmy Carter left Khartoum Friday (Feb 12) evening concluding a four-day visit to Sudan during which he met President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Basher, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Abel Alier, the First Vice-President and President of the Government of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit and other senior officials. He was seen off at Khartoum Airport by Minister of Finance and National Economy Dr. Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz and a number of diplomats. Carter also met with the Federal Health Minister, Dr. Thabita Botrous and reviewed with her Carter Center's sponsored-projects in Southern Sudan which include combating of Guinea worn and river blindness diseases. The Center has more than 12,000 volunteers working in southern Sudan to combat these diseases. Meanwhile, Carter's wife Rosaline visited the Merowe Pyramids at Al-Bejrawiya area and the temples at Al-Mosawarat where she expressed her admiration to the ancient Sudanese civilization. Carter is expected to return to Sudan during next April to participate in the observation of the elections as his center will deploy 60 observers throughout Sudan.