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Ex-Sudanese foreign minister Mansour Khalid dies at 89

Former Sudanese diplomat and foreign minister Mansour Khalid (Photo credit: Al-Qad TV)

April 22, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — Former Sudanese diplomat who served as the country’s Foreign Minister and renowned writer Mansour Khalid has died in the capital Khartoum, state media reported.

He died at 89.

Born in Omdurman in 1931, Khalid hails from a long-standing Omdurman family from a professional background.

Following the May 1969 coup led by Jaafar Nimeiri, he worked as Minister of Youth, Sports and Social Affairs.

During his ministry, the youth sector witnessed a major renaissance in injecting youth in voluntary service, rehabilitation centers, and literacy.

He has also contributed to creating valuable and beneficial relationships with UNESCO, the International Labor Organization, and the governments of Egypt and Algeria.

In August 1970 he resigned from the Ministry despite the objections of president Nimeiri and many of the Revolutionary Council.

He insisted to resign because he “saw that ideological conflicts had exhausted the regime that was living in that period with left-wing ideological balances.”

Despite his short stint at the Ministry, he has been praised for introducing “tremendous achievements.”

Following his resignation from the Ministry, he worked as a representative of the Director-General of UNESCO, René Mahiou, within the education programs of the Palestinian Refugee Relief Authority.

He then returned to serve as Sudan’s ambassador to the United Nations. He held several positions in Sudan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Ministry of Education and as an assistant to the President of the Republic.

In 1978 he resigned from the political bureau and left the system because he saw that President Nimeiri exaggerated the institutionalization of the state.

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