The Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk, has received a phone call from the Commissioner for International Partnerships of the European Union, Ms. Jutta Urpilainen.
The discussion dealt with the regional developments on Sudan eastern borders, as the Prime Minister affirmed that Sudan did not cause the crisis and that Sudan is still affirms that dialogue is the only way to resolve the crisis.
Dr. Hamdouk stressed that the placing of marks and full demarcation of Sudan borders with neighboring Ethiopia on the ground is imperative, emphasizing that Sudan borders had never been a source of dispute.
The call also touched on Sudan’s initiative to expand the roles of observers in the Renaissance Dam negotiations, so that the mediation becomes a quartet by including the United Nations, the European Union and the United States and led by the African Union.
Dr. Hamduok expressed his great appreciation of the role of the European Union in supporting the democratic transition and economic reforms in Sudan, especially that the European Union is the main financier for the Family Support Program (Thamarat), with a contribution reaching 336 million dollars at the Berlin Conference of Sudan Partners last year.
On her part, the Commissioner referred to the draft of the seven-year plan recently approved by the European Union for cooperation between it and Sudan, which includes three axes, the first of which is the green package which is relates to job creation, alternative energy and alternative energy, in addition to the focusing on human development in education, and the third axis deals with the governance and strengthening of the rule of law.
She also praised Sudan efforts in receiving and sheltering refugees from neighboring countries, and the tireless work on various issues of migration and displacement, a matter which prompted the Commission to call for more European financial commitment to Sudan, adding that this issue will be announced during the coming Paris conference in support of Sudan