It was learnt that Sudan’s transitional government had issued an arrest warrant against the country manager of Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas, following growing tensions between Malaysia and Sudan after Sudan moved to seize Petronas’ assets.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has been working closely with Petronas, including through the Malaysian Embassy in Khartoum, to resolve the matter, which originally surfaced in December 2020.
“The Ministry has exerted multiple diplomatic efforts to address the issue, including summoning the Sudanese Charge d’ Affaires (for the second time), to Wisma Putra this morning to convey our concern. We will continue to closely monitor developments on the issue of safeguarding Malaysian interests in Sudan”, read the statement.
The Ministry further urged the Sudanese Government to honor the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Treaty between Malaysia and Sudan.
Additionally, as the Petronas Complex also houses the Malaysian Embassy, the Sudanese have been 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 hopes for a timely and amicable resolution to the issue, with the view of preserving the longstanding brotherly relations between Malaysian and Sudan.
The Ministry stated that all Malaysians residing and registered with the Malaysian Embassy are safe.
However, The United States sanctions on Sudan as a terrorism-sponsoring country had posed significant challenges to foreign companies, including Petronas, which has had a presence in Sudan for more than 20 years and assisted the country in becoming an oil-exporting nation.