Press release | Date: 12/12/2019
Norway and Sudan hosted the Friends of Sudan meeting in Khartoum this week. This is the first time the Friends of Sudan have met in Sudan. Sudan has seen major political changes during the course of the year. After a period of mass demonstrations, a new civilian government was formed in August.
‘The establishment of a civilian transitional government in Sudan makes it possible to implement much-needed political reforms. It is positive that the international community has expressed its clear support for this work,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
A number of countries and international organisations met in Khartoum on 11 December to discuss developments and challenges in the country. Norway and Sudan hosted this first meeting in Sudan of the Friends of Sudan. The group of friends is made up of various countries from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in addition to the UN, the EU, the AU and the World Bank. State Secretary Marianne Hagen represented Norway at the meeting.
‘We welcome the steps taken by the civilian transitional government so far, including the work it has done to pave the way for peace negotiations, and to improve humanitarian access and promote human rights. Broad participation that includes women and young people will be decisive for a successful transition,’ said Ms Eriksen Søreide.
Norway has played a key role in Sudan for a long time, and cooperates closely with the Troika countries in the group of friends to support the reform process. Peaceful, democratic development is important not only for the Sudanese people, but also for the region.
‘The work ahead will be challenging. Norway has been a partner to the Sudanese people for many years. We support the transitional government in its efforts to ensure a transition that brings about greater freedom, peace and justice for the population,’ said Ms Eriksen Søreide.