Vicky Ford, the British Foreign Secretary for Africa, left for Sudan on Tuesday to chair a high-level delegation to launch a strategic dialogue.
“I am delighted to be in Khartoum to lead the first session of the new strategic dialogue between the United Kingdom and Sudan,” Vicky said in a statement on her arrival.
Britain and Sudan launched a strategic dialogue program several years ago to strengthen bilateral relations, but it did not progress as political developments in Khartoum and the outbreak of the People’s Revolution ended the regime of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.
The British minister added: “The Sudanese people’s peaceful protests have captured the world’s attention when the previous regime was overthrown.”
Since then, he noted, the interim government has made strong progress through political and economic reforms.
He said: “Sudan is now at a unique juncture in its history. There are still many challenges. The United Kingdom stands firm behind democratic change in the country.”
During his visit, the British Minister is scheduled to review some projects funded by the United Kingdom to provide support for children’s education and women’s health, and will host an event focusing on promoting investment in Sudan.
He will also meet with top government officials to underline UK support for the Sudanese government’s efforts for democratization and economic change.
The British official will meet with representatives of civil society organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women’s effective participation in the Middle Ages.
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