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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Sudanese British Relations

There is a close link between the people of Sudan and the people of the United Kingdom, where the two peoples enjoy close historical and cultural relations and the relations of the two countries are improving, but observers see a significant development in their relations in formal form during the next phase, due to the strategic dialogue adopted by the two countries to strengthen these existing links.
Sudan and Britain have launched a series of rounds of strategic dialogue to normalize relations between them, and Britain welcomed the commitment of the Sudanese government to expand and deepen the common communication, stressing the importance of developing relations between the two countries
The dialogue discussed several topics related to bilateral relations, including political, economic, trade, cultural and international and regional issues of common concern such as combating terrorism and extremism, illegal immigration, human trafficking and human rights.
During the dialogue, the two sides stressed the need for cooperation in the commercial and economic fields, attracting foreign investments to Sudan and encouraging British companies to engage in partnerships with the private sector in the country, as well as how to move forward on vital development issues such as how to exploit solar energy and face the effects of climate change in Sudan, in addition to rehabilitation of technical training centers in the country; and the development of practical steps to move forward towards the exemption of Sudan's external debt.
A delegation from the British House of Lords is starting an official visit to the country, during which meetings will be held with officials in governmental and civil institutions related to religious freedoms, human rights conditions and terrorism.
Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Parliament, Mutawakil Al-Tijani said that the British delegation will hold talks with Parliament Speaker, Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, and will also meet with officials of National Security and Intelligence Service (NISS) to discuss issues related to the fight against terrorism, and visits the Human Rights Commission, and will speak to a group of Christian leaders on the issues of religious freedom and peaceful coexistence, before visiting the city of Kadugli, besides a meeting with his committee, noting that this is the third visit to the House of Lords within the past few years.
The delegation of the House of Lords is headed by Mohamed Eltaf, and includes Gerhan Norman, Baroness Jennifer Lewis, and Baroness Laurent Lawrence, as well as a number of members of the Sudanese-British Friendship Council.

Positive Indicators

The former British ambassador to Khartoum, Michael Aron said that the Sudanese government has a clear and strong will to achieve peace, calling on the leadership of the armed groups to follow the government's approach because the people of the two areas and Darfur want peace, stressing that media freedom is good compared with neighboring countries, pointing out that his country is keen to cooperate with the Sudanese government to build its capacities  to address illegal migration, saying that the said issue is important to Europe , especially United Kingdom, pointing out that these reasons make his country keen to cooperate with Sudan to address the migration and human trafficking, stressing the importance of cooperation with Khartoum, to provide the necessary training and capacity building.

Britain hailed Sudan's role in supporting IGAD's efforts to bring peace in South Sudan

Sudan has affirmed its keenness to continue dialogue with Britain, while the British government has confirmed its support for the peace process in Sudan.
  British envoy to the Sudan, Christopher Trout had said, during his visit to the country earlier, that he found assurances from the Sudanese government to implement the outcome of this dialogue, while Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Abdul Ghani Al-Naiem presented a detailed explanation to the British envoy on the internal situation in Sudan, which called on the international community to agree on the exit strategy of UNAMID, pointing to the full coordination of the government with the UNAMID presidency in all aspects, stressing Sudan's keenness on security and stability in South Sudan, stressing the positive involvement of Sudan in this regard as part of IGAD mechanism.
The British envoy praised the advanced relations between Sudan and Britain, stressing the importance of Sudan and its pivotal role in finding solutions to regional issues, pointing to his country's support for the peace process in Sudan.

Economic Relations

Aron described the British Economic Forum in the British capital London, which was held with the participation of Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, described it as successful, noting that it found a wide participation of representatives of the British private sector and a number of relevant bodies in both countries.
So what is required of Britain after it has touched on all these positive things that have been achieved in Sudan and praised them, can it play a big role in the issue of addressing the debts of Sudan as promised? Can the delegation of lords influence the British government to reach more normal relations in response to common interests and challenges?