The British MP and longtime supporter of African and Middle Eastern rights in the face of relentless neo-con policies, George Galloway accepted the invitation of Ambassador Abdalla H. Al Azreg to visit the Embassy on 24 July 2012. He was welcomed by all Embassy staff at the main hall.
In a short welcoming speech, he greeted the staff and said that he was committed to solidarity with the Sudanese people against the well-planned and well-funded attempts to undermine them. The reason is the desire to stop any Arab or Muslim country from meaningful development, especially if it has the potential of becoming really effective. Iraq was targeted for the same reasons.
He then explained how his eyes were opened to the designs on the Sudan when he saw the head of the Labour Party Friends of Israel distributing SPLM publications during a Labour Party Conference.
He spoke about his regular programmes and media activities and expressed the readiness to use them to refute falsehoods and allegations against the Sudan. He warned that spin and lies have to be exposed consistently and said “If you don’t punch back you become a punch bag.”
In response, the Ambassador made the following speech:
Ambassador AlAzreg’s speech on the Occasion of George Galloway’s Visit
It is a great honour to be able to welcome George Galloway, who represents the noblest traditions of British probity, dissent and progressive steadfastness.
George Galloway is not only a politician, he is a talented orator, an ability that resonates well with our culture, in which a tribe or ethnic group is congratulated if an exceptional poet or orator rises among its men or women.
George Galloway’s oratory stunned the neo-con US Senate in April 06. They invited him believing that their FoxNews-inspired war fever would deliver a lamb to the slaughter. He turned the tables on them and exposed to the whole world that he was right about the Invasion of Iraq and they were complicit in a crime not only against Iraq but against the interests of the US people.
When George Galloway won in the 2005 General Election and again in March this year, he showed that he and those like him represents the real soul of the British people.
For the Sudan, he is a continuation of a long line of politicians, beginning with the 19th century W. Quilliam who supported the Mahdist uprising and those who denounced the re-conquest of the Sudan, including the digging up of the Mahdi’s tomb, those who opposed the tripartite invasion of Suez and last but not least those who rejected the on-going injustice to the Palestinians.
George Galloway has been demonised by the Murdoch-controlled media; he has been expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 because of opposition to the invasion of Iraq.
In an analogy, our President too has been demonised by the Murdoch-controlled media, sanctions have been heaped upon us; but, like George Galloway we are not lambs lying down to be slaughtered.
Our people have resisted all sorts of orchestrated campaigns and, relying on six-thousand year historical roots, will prevail, despite difficulties and temporary austerity measures.
I welcome George Galloway and tell him that he is held in great esteem in the Republic of the Sudan.