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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Sudanese Ambassador Speaks against African Gang Reporting

(Brisbane Times) The new Sudanese ambassador has warned against the reporting of race-based violence in Australian media over the last two months, labelling it "dangerous".
Dr Ibrahim Baroudi, who has been in Australia since September, said that such reporting was a threat to stability in Australia.
"I think it is very dangerous to promote any concept of making some race or one race in Australia as a race of crime because that will create hate between people and that is very dangerous for the stability of the country," he said.
"That's why I appeal for Australians not to exaggerate the personal acts and demonstrate them as the behaviour of a race or a nation."
Dr Baroudi is the ambassador for the Republic of Sudan, which is different to South Sudan, where many refugees have come from.
He says a lack of knowledge about the region means people are often confused about Sudan and South Sudan, and that media and political debate about crime in Melbourne has not helped the situation.
"Australia is a multicultural country and very good example for co-existence between all these different races," Dr Baroudi said.
Until last year Sudan did not have an embassy in Australia, and Dr Baroudi said he hoped to further relations between the two countries in resources and agriculture, pointing out Sudan's potential in regards to minerals, fuel and livestock. He also suggested Sudan could become a partner for Australia when it comes to combating people smuggling, due to the country's location in Africa and coast facing the Red Sea.
"Sudan has played a very good role in controlling this immigration and smuggling and other kind of illegal activities," Dr Baroudi said. Sudan could be "a first front to defend the other countries like Australia to receiving people with some problems that could be dangerous for the security or for the country," he said.
Dr Baroudi said that Sudan's relationships with other countries did not affect its relationship with Australia.
"Sudan is seeking all the time for the common interests on a bilateral basis," he said.
"That means if Sudan has good relations with Russia it doesn't mean it should have bad relations with US and in this context also Sudan is seeking to have good relations with Australia in the international arena."