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France Offers Full Support to Sudan’s Civilian Rule

France Offers Full Support to Sudan’s Civilian Rule

Thursday, 5 September, 2019 - 07:15
A general view shows Sudanese people and traffic along a street in Khartoum, Sudan (Reuters)

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok received an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Paris for talks.

The director general of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry's Department for European and US Affairs, Mohammed Abdullah Tom, said the French ambassador has conveyed the invitation to Hamdok to hold bilateral talks on ways in which France can support Sudan, according to Sudan News Agency (SUNA).

Tom noted the French leadership's keen interest in the developments in Sudan and the success of its peaceful revolution, noting that France has reportedly pledged full support for the civilian rule.

Hamdok, who has recently assumed his post, expressed his deep appreciation for Macron's invitation and confirmed his willingness to meet with the French president at the earliest opportunity.

The PM reiterated the importance of the support France can give to Sudan in view of its international status and political weight, pointing to many areas of economic cooperation that could be a priority to work on in the coming period.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is due to arrive in Khartoum on Friday to discuss cooperation and ways to support Sudan economically through the group of “Sudan’s Friends” that was newly formed by European countries.

It will also discuss exempting Sudan from its foreign debt, which has exceeded $51 billion, as well as providing support for the new civilian government.

This will be the second visit of a senior European official to Sudan after the visit of German Foreign Minister Heikou Maas on Tuesday.

Hamdok also received an invitation to visit the UAE and Egypt, while Iraq officially welcomed the signing of the institutional declaration and the political agreement in Sudan.

The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement hailing the historical agreement between the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) and the Transitional Military Council (TMC), which led to creating the Sovereign Council and appointing a Prime Minister.

Baghdad hoped this would contribute to establishing security, stability, and prosperity in Sudan, affirming the Iraqi government’s support to all Sudanese in order to achieve their goals in peace.

The PM will announce his cabinet Thursday, after resolving the issue of the three ministers, according to sources.

A source told Asharq Al-Awsat that a meeting between Hamdok and the FFC's nomination committee was held in Khartoum to select three candidates for the ministries that were a point of disagreement, and the PM approved without any reservations.

The three candidates will be subject to security screening before being finally appointed within the staff of the ministry, according to the source who is a senior FFC leader.

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the PM was keen to announce the government before the meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Council will discuss the recent developments in Sudan after it had suspended Khartoum’s membership in June pending the transfer of power from the TMC to civilians and the establishment of a civil transitional authority.

The source noted that Hamdok hopes to restore Sudan's membership in the AU before his participation in the United Nations General Assembly meeting end of September.

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