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The Managem affair makes El Othmani react

After the decision of the Sudanese forces to immobilize a helicopter of the Moroccan mining company Managem, loaded with large quantities of gold, the head of government, Saadeddine El Othmani is finally out of silence to speak on this case.

“This story has become much more important,” he said at a conference held Sunday (May 12th) at Tangier Press House.

And add: “This case has nothing to do with political actors, nor with the state. There is a company working in the field, so it’s a purely economic process.”

Recall that a helicopter belonging to the Moroccan mining company Managem, was intercepted by the Sudanese authorities.

The helicopter, which was coming from the Qabqah region and bound for Khartoum, was reportedly immobilized by the Rapid Support Forces for “lack of a gold transfer license,” according to local media reports.

“There was no procedure that was not respected and our papers were in order. The new forces of authority that are on site were not aware of all the procedures that are put in place with the mining companies between the government and the mines ministry,” says a Managem source to Daily Morocco.

“It was just a misunderstanding … we have negotiated partnerships to have facilities as a mining company in Sudan. We carry out very regular expeditions. We have monthly shipments that are perfectly normal. Our papers are in order, we know very well the process. We have been producing in Sudan since 2009. It’s not something new for us. We are waiting for the agreement of the Central Bank to recover the cargo,” says our source. “Things are progressing well, but we still have no visibility to know when the situation will be released,” said Managem finally to Daily Morocco.

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