Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Sunday that Sudan will continue to develop its combat capabilities to prevent aggression on its soils or violation of its sovereignty.
"We will continue to develop our own combat capabilities according to our defense-based perspective, to be a deterrent force that prevents even just thinking of attacking our country or targeting its sovereignty and resources," said al-Bashir when addressing a celebration at the Presidential Palace on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of Sudan's Independence.
"We will exert all required effort to build and develop our military capabilities in accordance with a sophisticated defense system that deters anyone who thinks to undermine the capabilities of our people, because the peace and reconciliation which are not guarded by a force, will be subject to collapse," he noted.
Bashir reiterated that his government is seeking to address the country's economic issues, saying "despite the economic siege and drying of the sources of external funds, our national economy has managed to achieve considerable success in growth."
"External forces have agreed that our economy is not suffering from a crisis as some try to portray it, but it is rather facing difficulties and problems," noted al-Bashir.
He further vowed to work with the international community to achieve an international partnership to enhance regional and international peace and security, and to seriously work to combat terrorism, money laundering crimes and human trafficking.
"All countries of the world have acknowledged that Sudan does not harbor or support terrorism, but it is a major pillar in combating it," he said.
Meanwhile, al-Bashir reiterated Sudan's stand alongside the Palestinian people in their just cause, saying "we renew our full stand with the Palestinian people in their just cause as they are struggling to defend Islam and the Islamic and Christian holy sites in al-Quds (Jerusalem)."
(Xinhua News Agency, December 31, 2017)