April 23, 2019 / 7:43 PM / 3 months ago

UPDATE 1-Sudan suspends Philippine port operator contract pending cancellation -statement

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CAIRO, April 23 (Reuters) - Sudan's military rulers on Tuesday suspended a contract with Philippine port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI ) pending its cancellation, the country's Transitional Military Council (TMC) said in a statement.

Workers at Port Sudan's southern container terminal went on strike in February to protest against a 20-year concession signed in January for an ICTSI subsidiary to operate, manage and develop the South Port Container Terminal at Port Sudan.

"The TMC ... issued a presidential decree to suspend the contracts of the Filipino company working at Port Sudan's southern port until legal measures are completed to cancel the contract," Tuesday's statement said without elaborating.

Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz Writing by Sami Aboudi Editing by Patrick Werr and David Goodman

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