The EU wants to see a strong, secure, successful and stable Sudan. The EU-Sudan dialogue is focused on four priorities, namely peace and stability, inclusive and sustainable development and prosperity, democratisation and greater respect for human rights and addressing migration. The EU conducts dialogue with Sudanese officials, political parties, youth organisations, women and youth groups, religious, parliamentary, business and civil society leaders. The dialogue addresses common issues of interest, including global challenges such as climate change and regional issues such as migration and cooperation in the Nile Basin. The EU encourages Sudan's constructive engagement with its neighbours and supports regional integration and trans-boundary cooperation.
Given these aims, the EU pursues an open, genuine, and comprehensive interaction with the Sudanese stakeholders, despite the ICC arrest warrant against Sudanese leaders and Sudan's decision not to ratify the revised Cotonou Agreement. The EU does not apply own sanctions on Sudan (outside the ones agreed at the UN Security Council, mostly linked to arms embargo), respects the territorial integrity of Sudan and supports reform by peaceful means.
The EU Delegation organises high level visits and exchanges. In July 2017, Koen Vervaeke, EEAS Managing Director for Africa met a number of interlocutors in Khartoum. In March 2017, Jan Figel, Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, visited Sudan. Also in March 2017, 19 diplomats from the European Council Working Group for Africa visited Khartoum to discuss political developments. In April 2016, Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development visited Sudan. In February 2016, Ibrahim Ghandour, the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs paid a visit to Brussels. The members of the European Parliament also maintain a steady flow of visits to Sudan.
The EU addresses issues of peace, democracy, human rights, sustainable development and humanitarian assistance in regional and international fora. Hence, we collaborate actively with partners such as the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). In this vein, the EU and its member states are funding and supporting the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Moreover, the EU provides both technical and financial assistance to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan.