Sudan is the country with the third largest territory and the ninth largest population in Africa. Just like Europe, Sudan is united in diversity of languages, religions, cultures and ethnic groups.
The European Union conducts dialogue with Sudanese officials, political parties, youth organizations, women and youth groups, religious, parliamentary, business and civil society leaders. The dialogue addresses common issues of interest. Maintaining high and muli-level engagement with Sudan to continue the efforts for peace in Sudan and the region is a priority for the European Union.
To this end we pursue open, genuine, and comprehensive interactions. The European Union will continue to encourage Sudan's constructive efforts in terms of peace and security in the wider region.
The European Union delegation also organizes high level visits and exchanges. In March 2017, Jan Figel the special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union visited Sudan. Also in March 2017, 19 EU diplomats from the European Council Africa Working Group visited to discuss political developments. In April 2016, Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development visited Sudan. In February 2016, Ibrahim Gahndour, the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Brussels and met with senior EU officials.
The European Union also addresses issues of peace, democracy, human rights, sustainable development and humanitarian assistance in regional and international for a. Hence, we collaborate actively with partners such as the United Nations, the African Union, the league of Arab States and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). In this vein, the EU and its member states are funding and supporting the African – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Moreover, the European Union provides both technical and financial assistance to the African High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan.