On Tuesday, the Sudanese government warned of companies losing confidence in Port Sudan, the country’s most important port on the Red Sea (east), at a time when tribal protesters continue to close it for the fifth day in a row.
The Sudanese Ministry of Transport said, in a statement reported by the official news agency, that “what happened in the port is destroying its reputation, after long strides have been made in the way of its stability and handling, and companies began to regain their confidence in it little by little.”
The ministry called on the protesters “to arbitrate the voice of reason and preserve their gains and the gains of the region and the port community, which was severely and directly affected by this matter, and also to preserve Sudan’s material and moral gains.”
For the fifth day in a row, a tribal council in eastern Sudan is closing all ports on the Red Sea and the main road between Khartoum and Port Sudan.
The leader and legal advisor to the “Supreme Council of Beja Eyes” (a tribal council in the east of the country), Ahmed Musa Omar, told The Eastern Herald that “the closure of all ports on the Red Sea is linked to the fulfillment of demands, including the cancellation of the eastern Sudan route signed on October 3, 2020 in the capital of South Sudan, Juba.” “.
Last July, the council closed the main road between Khartoum and Port Sudan for three days.
The tribal council is protesting against the “East track” included in the peace agreement signed in Juba between Khartoum and armed rebel movements, as it complains about the marginalization of the eastern regions of the country, and demands the abolition of the track, and the establishment of a national conference on eastern issues, which will result in the approval of development projects in it.