SENIOR SUDANESE OFFICIALS HOLDS TALKS IN CANBERRA WITH AUSTRALIAN COUNTERPARTS

KHARTOUM, The first session of talks between senior Sudanese and Australian officials was held at the Australian Foreign Ministry in Canberra on Wednesday, it was reported here.

According to a statement issued here, the Sudanese delegation to the talks was headed by Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Abdul Ghani Al-Naeim while the Australian side was led by the Assistant Under-Secretary of the Australian Foreign Ministry.

Australia has welcomed the initiative of Sudanese Preident Al-Basher for the realization of peace and stability in South Sudan which is sponsored by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the eight-nation Horn of Africa bloc, whose members include Sudan and South Sudan.

Australia welcomes Sudan’s efforts to combat terrorism, illegal migration and human trafficking in co-operation with the international community, it was stated.

Australia also welcomed Sudan’s National Dialogue and lifting of United States sanctions imposed on Sudan, while affirming its support to the country’s efforts to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The two sides agreed to exchange visits of senior officials, development of co-operation in all fields and the re-activation of trade relations through sending specialized trade mission to Sudan to study available investment opportunities.

They also reached an agreement to to co-ordinate the joint efforts between the diplomatic missions of the two countries in regional and international forums.

The joint talks also tackled development and promotion of the bilateral relations and means for encouragement of the private sector and companies in the two countries.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK