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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Sudanese minister Al-Degair meets Andris Piebalgs

Sudan's Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Jalal Yusouf El-Degair, was received at the EU headquarters Thursday by the EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. […] Dr. Al-Degair conveyed to the EU Commissioner for Development Sudan's appreciation for the continuous EU support as well as the new EU support, explaining that Sudan looks forward to complete the procedures of the new grant in the reconstruction of the war-affected areas in Sudan. […] Dr. El-Degair called for creating an atmosphere appropriate for attracting European investments to the Sudan in the coming period, in a view that the EU is an important commercial partner with Sudan. The Minister further stressed the importance of the EU working to support its efforts to normalize relations with the European Investment Bank and finding sort of settlement for its debts incurred on Sudan, welcoming the visit of the EU Commissioner to Sudan on May 12. […] It is to be noted that this visit comes in response to an invitation by the EU Commission in order to continue the mutual dialogue on the mechanisms of cooperation out the Cotonou mechanism, the political framework of the EU and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries' relations. Sudan and the EU are to agree during the visit on the preparations to implement the EU's grant of 150 Million Euros and to streamline with the government's priorities as agreed on by the two sides, namely in Agriculture, food security and social services in the Blue Nile.