Sudan urges none-Muslim citizens outside the country to return
September 8th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – As the country begins to embrace diversity and foster democracy, Sudan’s newly-appointed Minister of Religious Affairs, Nasr-Eddin Mofarah has called on non-Muslims, particularly Jews and Christians who had previously fled the country due to religious segregation, to return to the country and participate in nation-building.
“Sudan is pluralistic in its thought, pluralistic in its culture, in its ideologies and Islamic religious sects, and even religions. There is Islam, Christianity, and a minority that follow the Jewish faith. It is possible that they [the minority] have left the country and from here we would like to call on them through their right of citizenship and nationality to come back to this country because this country, Sudan, as long as there is a civilian government, the basis of nationality is rights and obligations,” Mofarah said.
For the first time in the country’s history, the Sudanese government called upon its people to promote peace and religious harmony regardless of their religious beliefs.
“I urge them from this platform to return to Sudan and recover their right to naturalization and citizenship because Sudan is a civil state where citizenship is the source of all rights and duties. We also have other religions and faiths embraced by different people,” he added.
The call came on Friday, a day after the newly appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok unveiled his Cabinet for the first since the military overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir.
Sudan, as it begins the process of opening the door to democracy, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council fully endorsed the newly formed government and urged the international community, notably Western nations, to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.