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Excellency Mr Prime Minister [of Sudan, Abdalla Hamdok], Ministers [of Sudan], I am very happy to be here in Sudan meeting with you, Prime Minister, in my first visit to Africa in my new capacity as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
I had a very interesting conversation with the Prime Minister [of Sudan, Abdalla Hamdok], a highly respected international personality, whose competences are recognized everywhere. I am sure you will offer to your country the highest and most precious services.
During my first visit to Africa, I wanted to visit Sudan in order to send a strong and clear signal. The European Union remains firmly behind the political transition in Sudan and to the reform agenda of this transitional government, which is developing an extraordinary and interesting political process.
We commend the steps that have already been taken to fulfil the ideals of freedom, peace, democracy and justice, to strengthen human rights and to take on economic reforms. Everyone who has had governmental responsibilities knows that change cannot happen overnight. We are very much aware of the challenges Sudan is facing.
Since the transitional government took office, the European Union has been helping and mobilised around €150 million funding to support this transition and to help the people of Sudan. During my meeting today with the Prime Minister, I had the opportunity to announce that an additional €100 million will be disbursed and mobilised in the coming months in order to have Sudan to be able to move ahead with the initiated reforms.
Excellency Mr Prime Minister, Ministers, you will continue to play an active role in supporting and consolidating the political transition in Sudan. You are a light of hope in the troubled region. We would like to accompany your country in the path to political and economic reforms and to remain at the side of the Sudanese people.
Link to the video: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-185548