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Minister for Africa visits Sudan

Mark Simmonds visits Khartoum to discuss South Sudan, and ending conflict, promoting prosperity and building democracy in Sudan.

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Foreign Office Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds arrives in Khartoum later today for his first visit to Sudan. Mr Simmonds will meet Sudanese officials to discuss how the UK and Sudan can work together in three priority areas; ending conflict, promoting prosperity and building democracy.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Simmonds said:

I am looking forward to making my first visit to Sudan at such an important moment in the country’s history. The UK and Sudan have a strong relationship. We have long historical ties and the UK played a prominent role in supporting the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

My visit provides an opportunity to emphasis the UK’s continued support for Sudan and its people and to discuss how we can work together to help end conflict, promote prosperity and build democracy.

I welcome the constructive role that Sudan has played with its neighbour South Sudan. We are both in agreement that there must be a political resolution to this crisis. I will look to discuss what more can be done to stop the ongoing violence and the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

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Published 14 January 2014