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Mitchell visits Sudan with US and Norwegian ministers

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Three countries pledge their continuing commitment to Sudan, both north and south, and their support for the development of two economically viable and peaceful states.

Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, and Norway’s Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim, recently met in Juba and in Khartoum to pledge their continuing commitment to Sudan, both north and south, and their support for the development of two economically viable and peaceful states, which adhere to principles of good governance, respect for human rights, and assistance to those affected by conflict, natural disaster, and population movements.

Mitchell, Shah and Solheim stressed the importance of good relations between northern and southern Sudan before Sudan and South Sudan separate. Among their priorities in southern Sudan is promoting private sector-led economic growth, combating corruption and strengthening transparency in government.

The ministers announced their support for an International Engagement Conference in Washington for South Sudan, which will become an independent nation on 9 July. The conference will provide an international platform for the future Government of South Sudan to present its vision for the country, and to engage development partners and private sector actors on priority areas for support and collaboration.

Read the joint blog by the three ministers on the Guardian Online