Foreign Minister Asma Mohammed Abdullah on Tuesday discussed with Swedish Minister of State for International Cooperation Per Olson the bilateral relations and the resumption of international development assistance to Sudan.
Asma pointed to the role Sweden can play in this regard given its membership in Sudan Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), which allows it to contribute to the coordination of international development aid to Sudan, and called on Sweden to help in efforts to remove the name of Sudan from the US list of states sponsoring terrorism.
She stressed the government’s determination to protect and promote human rights, establish the state of law, promote women’s participation, and hold fair elections at the end of the transitional period.
For his part, the Swedish minister praised the commitments made by the transitional government to achieve democratic transformation and support human rights and expressed his government’s readiness to become a reliable partner for Sudan and contribute to strengthening relations with the European Union.
He explained that his visit comes to identify the needs and priorities of the transitional government in the economic areas as well as assistance in building capacity in the field of human rights protection and the establishment of free and fair elections at the end of the transitional period.
The Swedish official has delivered an invitation from the Swedish Foreign Minister to Sudan Foreign Minister Asma Mohammed Abdullah to attend the Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (WFMM) in New York organized by the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss the role of women in achieving peace and security.