Sudanese official defends decision to have CIA office in Khartoum
Middle East Monitor, Apr 11 2017
Image of Rabie Abdelati [file photo]
The leader of the ruling National Congress Party in Sudan, Rabie Abdelati, has defended his country’s decision to allow the CIA to open an office in Khartoum. He said in an interview with Quds Press:
The existing security coordination is to combat terrorism, extremism and exchange of information in order to maintain international security and stability. Cooperation in this sense is fine, as long as it does not violate the sovereignty of states and does not involve the implementation of special international agendas. We control our country and monitor all those who act against it. We kicked out aid organisations after discovering that they had violated our country sovereignty without any regard for any international position. Those who talk about violating our national sovereignty are only disrupting Sudan, because no self-respecting people or government would give up its territory and sovereignty. Sudan can only be a partner in the achievement of international peace and security and the fight against terrorism.
The Sudanese intelligence General Hanafi Abdallah said in February that the CIA office in Khartoum will be the largest office in the Middle East.