Money woes force Sudan to close foreign missions

FILE PHOTO – Sudan Embassy

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday announced the decision to close 13 diplomatic missions and four consular missions abroad due to a financial crisis, the official Sudan News Agency reported.

Al-Bashir issued a decree to restructure Sudan’s external representation and directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to close select diplomatic and consular missions abroad.

The decree also directed to have a one-man ambassador in seven diplomatic missions.

The announcement comes after ex-Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said Sudanese diplomats abroad had not been paid for months and wanted to return to Khartoum.

Mr. Ghandour was sacked by the president.

Sudan’s economy has been performing badly since separating with the south as that took 75% of its oil earnings and currently the country has an acute shortage of foreign currency.