PUTRAJAYA OCT.13: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Sudanese Charge d’Affaires for the second time to Wisma Putra this morning to convey Malaysia’s concern over the issue pertaining to the PETRONAS Sudan Complex in Khartoum.
Wisma Putra in its statement said, to date the Ministry has exerted multiple diplomatic efforts to address the issue and will continue to closely monitor developments on the issue in safeguarding Malaysian interests in Sudan.
The statement added, since the issue surfaced in December 2020 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been working closely with PETRONAS, including through the embassy in Khartoum to resolve the matter.
“The Ministry urges the Sudanese Government to honour the Bilateral Investment and Promotion Treaty in force between Malaysia and Sudan. Additionally, as the complex also houses the Malaysian Embassy, the Sudanese side is also urged to observe the sanctity of a diplomatic premise, as provided for under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.
“Despite the commencement of arbitration proceedings initiated by PETRONAS, the Ministry remains hopeful for timely and amicable resolution of the issue, with the view of preserving the longstanding brotherly relations between Malaysia and Sudan,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Ministry wishes to advise that all Malaysians residing and registered with the Malaysian Embassy are safe.
The statement released by the Ministry today was in response to Daily Sabah report on 5th Oct.2021 stating that the Sudanese transitional government is seeking to confiscate assets belonging to Malaysia’s national oil company PETRONAS alleging they were acquired through illegal means during the rule of ousted leader Omar al-Bashir, sources said.
“Following the toppling of al-Bashir, the transitional government passed an act and formed the Empowerment Removal, Anti-Corruption and Money Retrieving Committee (ERC) tasked with reviewing agreements and retrieving assets that were allegedly acquired through illegal means during the previous administrations,” said the Daily Sabah.
The report added, while conducting investigations on the former president and his close circle, the committee has however, also been targeting and accusing foreign investors in Sudan, seizing their assets.
“Malaysia’s PETRONAS has been present in Sudan for more than 20 years and assisted the country in becoming an oil-exporting nation. The United States sanctions on Sudan as a terrorism-sponsoring country had posed significant challenges to foreign companies including PETRONAS,” said Daily Sabah.
On another development it was reported that the Sudan’s transitional government has issued a warrant of arrest to the country manager of Petroliam Nasional Bhd. (PETRONAS) following growing tension between Malaysia and Sudan’s move to seize PETRONAS’ assets in the African nation, as reported by Daily Sabah on Oct.11, quoting sources.
On this issue, PETRONAS has released a statement that says, PetroDar Operating Company (PDOC), a joint venture company in Sudah in which PETRONAS has an interest is pursuing legal recourse to cancel a wrongful warrant of arrest against its former officers relating to trade union claims made against PDOC. PDOC’s external counsel is in the process of cancelling the warrant of arrest.
“”This matter is unrelated to the ongoing legal proceedings to reclaim PETRONAS’ rights over the land and the PETRONAS complex in Khartoum, for which PETRONAS has filed a request for arbitration at the International Centre for Settlement of Dispute (ICSID).
“As the legal processes have commenced, PETRONAS is unable to provide further information on both matters,” the statement said. –Malaysia World News