The Sudanese government will shut down more than 10 foreign missions in a bid to reduce spending, according to a decree released by the office of the president.
In the decree, President Omar Hassan al Bashir directed the closure of 13 embassies and consulates.
The decree also provided the closure of all economic and commercial attaches office except the one in Abu Dhabi which is involved in the preparation of Sudan’s participation of Expo 2020. Press and media attaches were also affected.
Bashir sacked his foreign minister last month after disclosing Sudan’s diplomats have not been paid for seven months.
Sudan is facing an economic crisis and is still recovering from decades of US sanctions which cut off Khartoum from global finances and affected its economic growth. The sanctions were lifted last year.
In March, President Bashir told a gathering of Sudanese ambassadors in Khartoum the country’s foreign policy will be defined by the National Council for Foreign Policy, a move analysts described as “presidential diplomacy.