The European Union Delegation informed the journalists of a high level visit to Khartoum on 6 and 7 July 2017. The European External Action Service (EEAS) Managing Director for Africa Koen Vervaeke is visiting Khartoum to exchange views with the Sudanese authorities, opposition parties and the civil society. The EU follows with great interest the situation in Sudan and in the Horn of Africa. To encourage efforts towards peace and an inclusive and transparent dialogue and constitutional reform, the EU maintains dialogue with all relevant Sudanese stakeholders.
On the eve of the visit, the European Union Ambassador Jean Michel Dumond said: "The EU expects that engagement with Sudan will enhance concrete steps towards peace, stability, development and democratic reform. Human rights remain a key issue in these discussions and we welcome the continued readiness of the Government of Sudan to exchange views about the situation in and around Sudan."
Mr Vervaeke previously visited Sudan in early 2013. Among many areas of assistance to Sudan, the EU has been supporting the capacity of Sudanese constitutional discussions, and has recently published a major call for proposals in the area of human rights.