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New EU Head of Delegation to Sudan arrives in Khartoum

October 3 - 2019 KHARTOUM
New Head of Delegation of the EU in Sudan Robert van den Dool (Picture EU)
New Head of Delegation of the EU in Sudan Robert van den Dool (Picture EU)

The designated Head of Delegation of the European Union in Sudan, Robert van den Dool, arrived in Khartoum yesterday.

A statement issued by the EU Delegation in Khartoum today says that after presenting his credentials to the Interim Sovereign Council of Sudan, Ambassador Van den Dool will begin his mandate to improve Sudanese-European Union relations.

The 54-year-old career diplomat from the Netherlands has been serving in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 28 years, and is specialised in macroeconomics, development, and public finance management.

He previously served as Dutch Ambassador to South Sudan and Ivory Coast, and during his career has also been posted to Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia.

EU support for Sudan

On August 17, delegates from the EU joined international representatives to witness the signing of final documents in Khartoum sealing the political agreement reached between the Transition Military Council (TMC) and Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and the Constitutional Declaration regarding the Transitional Authority.

After the signing, the spokesperson for the European Union, Maja Kocijancic, said in a statement from Brussels that “as an expression of strong political support, a number of international partners including the EU signed the transitional agreement as witnesses. The conclusion of this agreement is the result of long negotiations between all sides, with the strong engagement of the African Union and Ethiopian mediation, and represents an important milestone for Sudan on its path towards peace, democracy and prosperity.”

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