Khartoum hosts UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue meeting

Khartoum The Sudanese government hosted the fifth meeting of the biannual UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue, at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry in Khartoum on Tuesday, Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported.

The meeting was co-chaired by Undersecretary of Sudan's Foreign Ministry Ambassador Abdelghani Elnaim Awadelkarim, and Director for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom Neil Wigan.

A joint statement said the two sides discussed bilateral issues, the peace process, human rights, trade and investment, migration, defense engagement, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism as well as regional issues.

According to the statement, both sides welcomed the continuation of joint action in several bilateral fields since the last Strategic Dialogue meeting and agreed to continue joint work over the coming months. They also welcomed the continued high-level meetings between government officials of the two countries, including last December's meeting of the foreign ministers.

The meeting discussed future action programs that include development, economic reform and improvement of investment indicators, in addition to the provision of technical assistance to Sudan.

On human rights issues, the statement said both parties agreed to hold regular dialogue sessions, pointing out that Sudan will adhere to its commitments to the international human rights treaties and cooperate with the human rights mechanism. In this regard, the statement welcomed Sudan's joining of the human rights conventions.

It welcomed the progress made in the peace process in Sudan, the ceasefire declaration in the country's western region of Darfur and the establishment of a provisional base for the United Nations�African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in the town of Golo.

The two sides stressed that their joint cooperation would help achieve peace in Darfur and implement the development assistance program, noting the efforts being exerted by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to achieve peace in Sudan.

Also in the statement, both parties expressed their grave concern over the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, with the UK welcoming Khartoum's positive efforts in opening humanitarian corridors, allowing the flow of aid to South Sudan's border Unity State, and the hosting of South Sudanese refugees.

Source: International Islamic News Agency