SUDAN, BRITAIN HOLD 5TH SESSION OF BILATERAL STRATEGIC DIALOGUE

KHARTOUM, Sudan’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs hosted the 5th session of the Sudan-Britain Strategic Dialogue here Tuesday, with Ambassador Abdul Ghani Nayeem the Undersecretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Director of African affair at the British Foreign Office, Neil Wigan, leading the respective delegations.

A joint statement issued after the meeting said the two sides discussed bilateral questions, the peace process with rebel groups in Sudan and human rights as well as trade, investment, migration and defence issues. The war against terrorism and violent extremism and other regional questions were also discussed.

The statement said the two sides welcomed the continuation of joint action in several bilateral fields as launched during the last session of the strategic dialogue and agreed to complete work on joint action in the areas of mutual interests in the coming months.

The two sides also welcomed continued meetings at high level between government officials, including last December’s meeting of the ministers for foreign affairs. They discussed future programmes of action in areas such as development, reform of the economy and technical assistance and improvement of the investment indicators for Sudan.

On human rights questions, the statement said the two sides agreed to continue regular dialogue between the governments and that Sudan continues to hold to its commitments to international agreement and to co-operating with the human rights mechanism, welcoming in this regard Sudan’s joining of international agreements and conventions.

It said the two sides underline the need to continue working together against human trafficking.

The statement said the two sides also welcomed the progress made in the peace process in the Sudan, the ceasefire declaration in the western region of Darfur and the establishment of a provisional base in Golo for the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), stressing that co-operation would continue to achieve peace in Darfur and implementing the development assistance programme, as well as the efforts exerted to achieve peace under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel.

The two sides have expressed their grave concern regarding the continuation of the conflict in South Sudan, with London welcoming the positive efforts exerted by the Sudan in opening up relief corridors in the borders with south Sudan and in hosting refugees coming from South Sudan.

The two sides commended the join cultural co-operation and expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the National Dialogue in the Sudan. They agreed to hold their next dialogue session in London, in October.

Source: Nam News Network