Skip to main content
Independent news from the heart of Darfur and Sudan
Watch live

EU official to visit Khartoum, ‘deepen relations’ with Sudan

January 14 - 2013 KHARTOUM

A European Union (EU) official is scheduled to travel to Khartoum, Sudan, for a two-day visit to the country’s capital. The purpose of this trip is to discuss the possible ways to deepen the Euro-Sudanese relations.    

Mr. Koen Vervaeke is the European Union's Director General of Horn of Africa, East, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean.

The director will visit Khartoum from 14 to 16 January where he will meet with Sudanese officials, politicians, civil society and think tanks, Radio Dabanga has learned.

Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan, expects the visit to bring a closer understanding of the EU to the situation in Sudan. This would help improve their relations “in the short and long terms”. 

“Constructive dialogue”

Ulincy pointed out that the director’s visit comes one month after H.E. Gianni Pitella, vice-president of the European Parliament was in the country.

Pitella was in Sudan to “demonstrate the European Union's interest in constructive dialogue with the Sudanese government and people”, Ulincy said.

While in the country, Pitella was received by the Sudanese minister of foreign affairs Mr. Ali Karti, who stressed that was an important opportunity for both parties to address bilateral issues and concerns to improve their relations.

On his turn, the vice-president of the EU parliament stated his visit would allow him to inform the European Parliament President and other members about the situation in Sudan. He stressed the country’s geopolitical importance and its role in Africa and to peace in the region.

Tomas Ulincy confirmed the "commitment of the European Union to support a peaceful, stable and democratic Sudan".

Photo: Mr. Koen Vervaeke, European Union's Director General of Horn of Africa, East, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (EU)

See also: EU ambassadors conclude Darfur visit (22 October 2012)


Back to overview

News Headlines

September 17 - 2019 MERSHING / BIRKAT SEIRA

‘Militia’ shooting prompts mass demo in South Darfur

September 17 - 2019 KHARTOUM / EL GENEINA

Khartoum: Hilal Court Martial denies defence lawyers entry

September 17 - 2019 EL FASHER / NYALA / BLUE NILE

Eight die as 1k+ malaria cases recorded in North Darfur

September 17 - 2019 EL OBEID / EL FASHER

Minibus drivers protest ‘hasty’ North Kordofan ban

More news