Editorial: Three Golden Goals in Three Days

Within only 3 days Khartoum scored three golden goals which could lead to Sudanís advancement in its regional and international relations, hence bringing the country back to its significant role regionally and internationally.
The first goal is the meeting of The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) leaders in which Sudan was elected for the first time for the chairmanship of the East African block.
IGAD had been chaired by Ethiopian since 2008. Sudan had never taken the chairmanship of the regional body as its former leadership was rejected by the international community.
The decision shows the regional support for its new government and recognition of what it can offer it various fields.
The U.S. top diplomat for Africa, Tobor Nagy was the first to congratulate Hamdok for his election at the head of the IGAD, adding that the U.S. Administration looks forward to continuing our work with IGAD secretariat and Sudan on regional issues, especially the peace process in South Sudan.
The second golden goal came during the Fourth Review Meeting of the States Parties to the Ottawa Convention banning the use of anti-personnel landmines held last Friday in the Norwegian capital Oslo, with the participation of 164 countries, in which the Sudan will lead the work of the convention for one year.
The consensus of member states to adopt Sudan is attributed to the progress and success achieved by Sudan through the declaration of areas of eastern Sudan free of mines and coordination led by the Ministry of Defense through the National Center for Mine Action, with partners, donors and Sudan missions in Geneva and Oslo.
The third golden goal is the welcoming of Amnesty International to the Sudanese governmentís decision to repeal the public order laws, which governed among other things, womenís presence in public spaces.†
Amnesty described the decision as a big step forward for womenís rights in Sudan. The repeal of the public order laws was long overdue. Many women were arbitrarily arrested, beaten and deprived of their rights; to freedom of association and expression under this discriminatory law.
Those three goals will definitely help Prime Minister on his official visit to the U.S. and might lead to normalization of the relations between Khartoum and Washington.

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