The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. Justin Welby said in his meeting with the President of the Republic, Omar al-Bashir that British government supports the lifting of sanctions on Sudan, adding “the policy of England encourages the lifting of sanctions, because of the urgent need to support development and the heavy foreign debt to the country”.
President al-Bashir has stressed on Sunday, during the meeting to promote religious coexistence and ensure religious freedom to achieve security and religious stability, pointing to the peaceful coexistence of Christian and Muslim citizens even at the level of one family and welcomed the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and hoped that it is aims to boost relations not only between the two churches, but between Sudan and Britain.
Al-Bashir pointed out that churches or Christian institutions have not been subjected to any aggression throughout history, confirming that Christians in Sudan enjoy peace and live in love.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said his government encouraged governments and presidents to work for vulnerable groups in their communities, especially the poor and homeless, and praised the hospitality for refugees coming from conflict zones and poor communities to Sudan, as well as the protection of southern refugees.
In the same context, Welby, has preside Rev. Hzikiel Kendo as a head of the Anglican Church during a ceremony in Khartoum attended by the Minister of Guidance and Endowments, Abu Bakr Othman, and priests from South Africa, India and China.
In a written statement he released on his Facebook page from the capital of South Kordofan, the leader of Anglican Church welcomed the efforts of the Sudanese government towards refugees from South Sudan.
“Sudan sets an example to many around the world in its welcome to those in need. I’m sure it’s a great pressure on the government and local people to receive such large numbers, and the people of Sudan have shown true humanity,” he said.
He further called for peace and reconciliation in Sudan saying it is the wish of ordinary people who are affected by the armed conflict in the troubled region.
“In Kadugli today I heard inspiring stories from Christian and Muslim leaders who want peace, and who are actively working together to achieve it. They need peace. They understand more than anyone else the cost of war”.
“Peacemaking is the call of God on us all. So join me in praying for peace. Pray for those in areas of difficulty. Pray that they will know that they are not forgotten,” he further wrote.
The South Kordofan is witnessing a six-year war between the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N). The warring parties failed to reach a humanitarian cessation of hostilities despite regional and international efforts in this respect.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will open the 39th Province of the Anglican Communion with the participation of Sudanese government officials and Christian and Muslim leaders.
The Anglican missionary began its activities in the twin capital city of Omdurman before to spread in the country particularly in the southern parties of the country.
Until 1974, the Diocese of Sudan was part of the Jerusalem archbishopric. The province of Sudan was established in 1976. After, the independence of South Sudan in July 2011it moved to Juba to be the Province of South Sudan and Sudan.
The new province which will be declared on Sunday 30 July will consist of five dioceses in El Obeid, Kadugli, Khartoum, Port Sudan, and Wad Medani.