DURBAN – Some of the reasons why Sudan is important to the world of international security:
Oil. Sudan has enormous oil reserves – over 6 billion barrels discovered so far. Sudan has an enormous potential to provide the world with energy and adding another African oil partner to its list of providers is not only wise but preferable.
Uranium is vital to the nuclear weapons industry and an essential fuel for nuclear reactors. Sudan possesses high quality deposits of uranium.
Geographic location. Sudan has a unique and important position on the continent, since it is the largest country in Africa and comparable in size to Western Europe. It borders nine countries: Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Chad and Libya. It contains much of the Nile River and borders the Red Sea to the east.
Access to these countries and to water ways gives Sudan great strategic worth. From permanent Sudanese bases, the US military could influence the politics and economies of Africa for a generation to come.
The US and Britain were instrumental in the partition of Sudan in 2011, and it is this which has bequeathed the country’s current tragedy. Just as in Libya a loose coalition of rebels with no united programme was effectively placed in power by the US and Britain. And just as in Libya, the inevitable collapse of this coalition has brought total devastation to the country.
Source: The Mercury