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AFRICA: Khartoum and Berlin discuss the situation in Libya and CAR

The unstable political situation in Libya and the Central African Republic has attracted global attention as the world seeks to find a permanent situation to the turmoil experienced by the two African nations. Sudan the Germany have shown interest in calming the tense atmosphere prevailing in Libya and CAR.

On Thursday November 22, the Foreign Ministers of Sudan and Germany El-Dirdeiry Ahmed and Heiko Maas respectively, held a range of constructive talks on the most recent regional developments emphasizing on the situation in Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

According to a statement released by Sudan’s ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed briefed his German counterpart Maas on the latest regional developments, focusing on the situation in Libya, Central African Republic (CAR) and the world’s youngest nation-South Sudan. The Foreign Minister added that Sudan, under the leadership of president Omar al-Bashir is putting in efforts to uphold regional peace and stability. Still in efforts to solve the flare-up in the crisis hit nations, El-Dirdeiry Ahmed revealed that Khartoum will later this month hold a meeting for Libya neighbouring countries. In the same light, the government of Khartoum has planned another meeting in December between warring parties in the CAR. Reports from Sudan’s foreign ministry revealed that both Ahmed and Maas agreed on the need to support the regional stability besides taking a unified international position towards the situation in Libya.

Other issues discussed by the Foreign Ministers

Ahmed is currently on a European tour. He is expected to visits countries like France, Germany, United Kingdom and Belgium. His first stop was however in Berlin. While in Berlin, the two top diplomats decided to continue to execute the joint cooperation programmes on all fields as well as continuing bilateral dialogue through the various diplomatic channels. Ahmed further briefed the German diplomat Maas on the latest developments in the internal arena particularly dialogue and peace efforts in Darfur and the ‘Two Areas’- i.e. Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile.

For his part, the German Foreign Minister expressed Berlin’s wish to uphold bilateral relations and provide support for Sudan at the various international forums particularly the European Union. He pointed to the significance of mutual cooperation between his country and Sudan on regional issues especially the prevailing condition in the Horn of Africa, security of the Red Sea, and ways to fight illegal migration and terrorism.

It should be recalled that in 2014; Berlin inked an important partnership agreement with the AU High Implementation Panel (AUHIP). This accord gave Germany the full right to work with the Sudanese parties to facilitate a process aimed at bringing peace and achieving democratic transformation in the east African country. Again in 2016, the German government assigned €12 million for projects aimed at curtailing illegal immigration of Africans across Sudan to Europe. In the same year, Khartoum and Berlin inked another €51 million cooperation agreement for the realization of development projects in the three states of eastern Sudan, and five states of Darfur.

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