First round of Sudan-British strategic dialogue begins

AA/Khartoum

The first round of strategic talks between Sudan and the United Kingdom began in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday and will continue for two days aimed at developing cooperation between the two countries.

The Minister in charge of the Council of Ministers, Khalid Omar Yusuf, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mariam al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, on the Sudanese side, attended the first inaugural session of the said dialogue, while the British delegation was the Sudanese Foreign Minister, according to a ministry statement. , represented by Vicky Ford, Minister of Africa in the Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development, UK Ambassador to Sudan Giles Lever and Robert Fairweather, UK Special Envoy to Sudan.

Sudanese diplomacy, in its press release, said the strategic dialogue aims to “strengthen and develop bilateral cooperation ties in various fields and lay the foundation for a solid partnership between the two countries”.

In his speech at the inaugural session, al-Mahdi stated that “historic relations constitute a symbolic capital, conducive to launching a strategic dialogue to achieve the promising objectives for which the two friendly countries seek bilateral relations.” are able to promote, consolidate and develop cooperation relations in various fields.

The Sudanese Foreign Minister praised the UK’s support for Sudan in its efforts to overcome the challenges of the democratic transition, expressing her country’s aspiration for more British support in this regard.

For his part, Vicky Ford, the British minister responsible for Africa in the Office for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development, said that “the United Kingdom is counting on strategic dialogue with Sudan to lay the foundation for a solid partnership”.

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Ford expressed his country’s desire to continue to support and make the process of democratic transformation in Sudan a success in all areas.

The British minister called on the Foreign Minister of Sudan and the Sudanese side to participate in the next round of strategic talks to be held in the capital, London, in six months.

The fifth round of strategic dialogue between the two countries concluded in the capital Khartoum in April 2018. However, Sudanese-British dialogue was disrupted after the December 2019 revolution, which overthrew President Omar al-Bashir, to resume as part of a new phase of joint work.

Sudan has begun a 53-month transition period from August 21, 2019, which will end with the holding of elections in early 2024. Until the election deadline, power is shared between the military and civilian forces. And armed movements signed the peace. Agreement with the government on October 3

* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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