Thursday 31 October 2019 - 06:28

European commitment to provide 466 million euros to Sudan

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European commitment to provide 466 million euros to Sudan
This came during a meeting with the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Asmaa Mohammed Abdullah, with the European delegation visiting Khartoum, according to a statement issued by the Sudanese Foreign Ministry.

Abdullah stressed that the priorities of the transitional government are to achieve peace and address the economic situation.

"All this requires the support of the international community and the removal of restrictions on Sudan, especially the removal of its name from the US list of terrorism," he said, expressing the importance of EU support for Sudan.

On October 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump abolished economic sanctions imposed on Sudan 20 years ago, but kept him on the list of "state sponsors of terrorism."

For his part, the EU delegation confirmed its support during this important phase for Sudan.

The statement said that the EU delegation affirmed that the EU countries would provide Sudan with a grant of 200 million euros, and would later provide 141 million euros, as well as 100 million euros and 25 million euros.

He explained that they will study the needs of Sudan at this stage and will coordinate with the competent authorities to support development projects.

The Delegation noted that the EU would coordinate with international financial institutions to support Sudan to meet urgent needs as well as support the Sudanese economy.

He stressed their help to normalize Sudan's relations with international financial and economic institutions to enable the transitional government to address the economic challenges facing Sudan.

Earlier on Wednesday, a high-level EU delegation arrived for a two-day visit aimed at continuing and supporting dialogue with the Sudanese government.

It began in Sudan since August 21, a transitional period of 39 months ending with elections, during which power is shared by the military council and the forces of the "Declaration of Freedom and Change," the leader of the popular movement.

The Sudanese hope that the agreement on the transitional period will end unrest in their country since the army leadership on April 11 removed President Omar al-Bashir from the presidency (1989 - 2019), under the weight of popular protests condemning the deterioration of economic conditions.