Sudan dismisses reports that President al-Bashir is ill


Sudan has dismissed reports that the country’s President Omar al-Bashir had travelled to Saudi Arabia for medical attention.

The country’s Foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour downplayed the illness reports insisting that the president was in good health.

“President Bashir was in good health and does not complain of any problems,” he said, adding that his scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia confirmed his fitness.

The 72-year-old President Bashir left for Saudi Arabia on Monday, amid reports that he was ill missing an official meeting on Sunday night with the national dialogue mechanism members in the process.

Information minister and the government spokesman Ahmed Bilal Osman told reporters on Sunday that the president had suffered a minor illness, without giving details.

The Sudanese state news agency (Suna) confirmed that President Bashir had left for an official visit to Saudi Arabia.

Suna said the Sudanese leader would hold talks with his Saudi counterpart King Salaman Bin Abdul Aziz.

In 2014, President Bashir underwent a successful knee surgery in Sudan.

Earlier in 2013, he also underwent two throat surgeries in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.