World Bulletin/News Desk
The Sudanese Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the Ugandan chargé d'affaires in Khartoum to protest against remarks attributed to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni that Sudan rejoiced at the ongoing war in South Sudan because it seeks to control the young state's resources.
The ministry said in a statement that head of its Neighboring Countries Administration Bukhari al-Afandi had told the Ugandan chargé d'affaires that Sudan is rejecting the remarks purportedly made by the Ugandan leader during a meeting earlier on Thursday with representatives from the South Sudanese rebel group.
"Sudan does not need to prove its support for South Sudan's stability," the statement quoted the Sudanese official as telling the Ugandan diplomat.
He added that Sudan had welcomed South Sudanese refugees, while Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had issued instructions for considering South Sudanese refugees as Sudanese citizens.
Sudan and Uganda have been at loggerheads for more than two decades now with the two countries accusing each other of backing rebel movements in each other.
Tensions between the two countries have persisted even after South Sudan and Sudan signed a peace treaty that opened the door for the independence of South Sudan in 2011. Sudan has repeatedly accused Uganda of having expansionist plans in South Sudan.
The Ugandan president met earlier in the day in the Ugandan capital Kampala with a group of South Sudanese rebels.
South Sudan has been rocked by violence since December of last year. The violence, which has pit the national army against a group allied to sacked vice-president Riek Machar, had displaced hundreds of thousands of people across the fledgling country.Last Mod: 27 Kasım 2014, 23:14