Your Excellency, the Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Ms Asmaa Abdallah,
Your Excellency, the Minister of Health,
Dr Akram Ali Eltom,
Your Excellency the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Mr. Janez Lenarcic,
Your Excellency, the State Secretary of Foreign Affairs,
Mr. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne,
The Director for Africa of the Swedish Red Cross,
Ms. Carina Andersson,
The Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council,
Mr. Jan Egeland,
Members of the visiting delegation of the
Second EU Air Bridge flight to Khartoum,
The resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Sudan,
Ms. Gwi Yeop Son,
The representative of the World Health Organization in Sudan, Ms. Annette Heinzemann,
Representatives of the humanitarian and developmental organizations in Sudan,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Unkindly to the importance of the occasion, we have gathered here in a small group of people to mark the arrival of the second flight of the EU Air Bridge in Khartoum. Our gathering is small, in observance of the social distancing and hygienic rules in fighting the spread of the corona virus. But the occasion is indeed important.
Together with the first cargo flight, which arrived on Thursday 11 June last, the European Union Air Bridge Initiative has brought to Sudan more than 90 tonnes of medical and humanitarian equipment and some 35 humanitarian aid workers, thus boosting the capacity of the Transitional Government of Sudan in responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is thus the largest single humanitarian supply operation in Sudan to date. I would like to pay tribute here to the representatives of the EU Humanitarian and Crisis Office and also in particular the representatives of the EU countries Sweden and France, without whose tireless efforts this initiative would never had been possible.
Apart from the goods and the humanitarian workers, the Air Bridge has also brought a high level delegation to Sudan, from the EU, France, Sweden and Norway, in a strong show of support of European countries to the Transitional Government and the people of Sudan in these difficult and challenging times.
I would like to acknowledge the presence of the French State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, the Director for Africa of the EU Humanitarian and Crisis Office, Ms. Andrea Koumaliah, the EU Trusfund Manager, Mr. Hans Christian Stausboll and the Director for Africa of the Swedish Red Cross, Ms. Carina Andersson. Distinguished members of the visiting delegation, your support has been crucial to the important financial resources we are currently mobilizing to the COVID-19 RESPONSE of the Transitional Government of Sudan.
Today, the European Union proudly announces an amount of 11,5 million euro to the COVID-19 response activities of the WHO, in collaboration with the Transitional Government. I am also happy to announce that more resources from the EU are forthcoming, not in the least tomorrow, when we will pledge very important and substantial resources at the occasion of the Berlin International Partnership Conference for Sudan.
The historic transition Sudan is currently going through, has also paved the way for the return to the country for International Non Governmental Organizations, providing all-important humanitarian and development assistance to Sudan, and in particular to the most vulnerable people. I am therefore also very happy to acknowledge the presence in the Air Bridge delegation of the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Mr. Jan Egeland, with whom the EU Commissioner will sign an educational cooperation document, to an amount of 1 million euro, aimed at increasing access to education of vulnerable youth in Khartoum state.
Your Excellencies, distinguished guests,
Before turning to the signing ceremonies, allow me to invite His Excellency the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, M. Omar Gamar El Deen to say a few words at the occasion of the arrival of the second EU Air Bridge flight.
State Minister of Foreign Affairs speech
We now turn to the signing ceremonies. Two important documents will be inked here today. The signatures will mark the joint efforts of the government of Sudan and the international community, and in particular the European Union in support of the people of Sudan. I would like to invite the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Mr Jan Egeland and the EU Commissioner Janez Lenarcic to come to the signing table, say a few words and sign the cooperation document.
Speech Mr. Egeland,
Speech EU Commissioner
Signing of EU-NRC education cooperation
Now, I should like to invite their excellences the EU Commssioner Mr. Janez Lenarcic; the Minister of Health, Dr. Akram Ali Eltom and the representative of the WHO, Ms Annette Heinzemann to come to the signing table, say a few words, and sign the tripartite declaration of COVID-19 RESPONSE IN SUDAN.
WHO representative speech
EU Commissioner speech
Minister of Health speech
Signing of the tripartite cooperation COVID RESPONSE SUDAN
Your Excellences, distinguished guests,
This marks the end of the official programme at the occasion of the arrival of the second EU Air Bridge to Sudan. A small delegation will now go to the Cabinet Office to meet with His Excellency the Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok. Here, some refreshments will be served. I want to sincerely thank you for having joined us today and I wish you a good continuation of this beautiful day.