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Government: Discussions with the EU delegation were clear and frank

A high-ranking delegation from European Union Commission,began intensive discussions with Foreign Affairs Ministry on issues of human rights and peace in Darfur,exit of UNAMID,

trade and economic cooperation with the European Union and the issues of refugees and illegal immigration as well .

19 European official,involved in talks with the government and with civil society organizations and political parties,in Khartoum,about the package of files,within framework of effort to actively push the European Sudanese dialogue and issues of common interest .

Following a joint meeting with the delegation,AmbassadorMahmoud Hassan Al-Amin,Director of International Relations Department at the Foreign Ministry,told reporter that the talks have covered various topics including  peace in Darfur and exit of UNAMID and human rights issues,along with trade and economic cooperation and issues of refugees and illegal immigration.

Al-Amin said that the talks marked by "clarity  and frankness"noting that the government considers these negotiations as a step that lead to a "better understanding of the European Union about the situation in Sudan " .



He said that the delegation received briefings from Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour,on situation in southern Sudan,saying the minister he has assured to the delegation,Khartoum's keenness to provide assistance to contain famine that hit some areas of the State of the South.


For his part,Jean-Michel Dumond,President of the European Union mission in Sudan called for launching open and comprehensive Sudanese-european dialogue at various levels,that could lead to a progress in relations between the two sides.


Dumond said that talks with Sudanese officials were "open and constructive." He pointed out that the visiting European officials are experts in African affairs and their visit to the Sudan aims at informing about ongoing developments in the country and in the region .


Dumond, that the special envoy of the European Union for Religious freedom,Jan Figel will begin his visit to Sudan to promote religious tolerance and inter-religious dialogue and to address the fight against extremism,along with the exchange of views on strengthening social cohesion and peaceful coexistence, and the protection of religious minorities in the Horn of Africa.


He explained that the visiting delegation,was briefed on the developments by the foreign minister and Sudanese officials,along with political parties and leaders, youth and women, religious and parliamentary, business and civil society leaders.


He stressed that the European Union is attentive to achieve peace and stability, democracy and respect for human rights and freedoms in Sudan, and it appreciates the efforts exerted by the Sudanese government recently.


Dumond emphasized importance of more efforts to unify all Sudanese to achieve real change in Sudan that can be felt by the Sudanese people in all areas of Sudan,especially in Darfur,Blue Nile and South Kordofan.