Sudan, Poland sign joint cooperation agreement

March 18, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour and his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski Friday signed a joint cooperation agreement between the two nations.

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Sudanese FM Ibrahim Ghandour (L) received by his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski in Warsaw on 17 March 2016 (Photo Polish FM)

Ghandour, who is visiting Poland upon an official invitation from Waszczykowski, is the first Sudanese foreign minister to visit Warsaw since more than forty years.

In his meeting with Waszczykowski on Friday, Ghandour thanked the top Polish diplomat for extending the invitation, expressing Sudan’s awareness of the importance of Poland.

He added that his visit would pave the way for the resumption of cooperation between the two countries, pointing to the historic economic ties between Warsaw and Khartoum.

Ghandour briefed Waszczykowski on the recent developments in Sudan including the national dialogue, pointing to Sudan’s role in achieving peace and security in the region.

Sudan’s top diplomat also pointed to the efforts exerted by his country to combat illegal migration since launching the Khartoum Process in 2014, saying its outcome became the foundation for the recent Valleta summit on migration.

For his part, the Polish minister thanked Ghandour for accepting the invitation, stressing the joint cooperation agreement would reinforce the bilateral relation between the two countries.

The Polish foreign ministry said the two ministers discussed migration and the Khartoum Process.

Minister Ghandour drew attention to the fact that Sudan was prepared to cooperate in countering illegal migration, human smuggling and trafficking, and to consolidate Sudanese capabilities to receive refugees.

“Poland and Europe are prepared to support measures aimed at resolving international problems, including the phenomenon of illegal migration,” stressed Minister Waszczykowski.

The joint agreement covered areas of agricultural, higher education, political coordination and mutual support in international forums.

The two sides also agreed to exchange the diplomatic representation between the countries very soon.

Meanwhile, Ghandour discussed with the Polish minister of agriculture and rural development Rafa? Romanowski ways to promote cooperation between the two nations in areas of food security, agriculture, livestock and agricultural machinery and equipments.

The meeting also discussed the possibility for allowing the Polish products access to the Sudanese markets and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

(ST)

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