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Sudan's PM heads to Djibouti to Lay Foundation Stone of New ‘IGAD’ Headquarters

Ashraq Al-Awsat
Sunday February 9, 2020

 Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok Kicked off Sunday an official two-day visit to Djibouti at the invitation of Djibouti’ President Ismail Omar Guelleh.

Hamdok is scheduled to discuss means of bilateral cooperation and inform the Djiboutian leadership of the developments in Sudan, according to the Sudanese Ambassador to Djibouti, Hamza al-Amin Baou.

He will also lay the foundation stone for the new headquarters of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and visit the facilities of “Djibouti Telecom” and ports in the city, Baou added.

Work of the ministerial committees between the two countries in the capital Khartoum will resume in the coming period, after it was halted for six years, he noted.

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The eight-nation trading and security bloc chose Sudan in November to take over the chair position, replacing Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, Hamdok reiterated his government keenness to make peace negotiations with the armed movements successful.

Upon his meeting with South Sudan's presidential Adviser on security affairs Tut Gatluak in Khartoum on Saturday, Hamdok affirmed the transitional government's support for the ongoing peace process in Juba.

In press statements, Gatluak said parties to the negotiations have overcome many challenges, noting the positive results achieved during the current round of negotiations.

He stressed South Sudan’s keenness to achieve a comprehensive and sustainable peace that preserves stability in Sudan.

In this context, Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), the ruling political alliance of civilian and rebel coalitions of Sudanese groups, has pointed to the remarkable progress in the peace process, stressing that the peace issue is fundamental and is at the forefront of the revolution’s tasks.

It said in a press statement that the outstanding issues on the negotiating table can be overcome by the revolution, which has united the national conscience.

“We appreciate the efforts exerted by the negotiating delegations, the government and the armed movements.”

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