The United Kingdom has announced that its Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa and Red Sea, Julian Riley will be in charge of its embassy in Khartoum as Charge d’affaires up to next May.
Riley said that his first career as a diplomat was in Sudan, adding that he is happy to return considering that Sudan is an important player in the Horn of Africa and Nile Basin besides the presidency of IGAD.
Riley will enter into intensive meeting with the UK Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Sudanese officials to push forward the strategic dialogue between Sudan and the UK.
It is to be noted that the UK support to Sudan amounted to 125 million Sterling Pounds this year including 40 million for support families in Sudan.
The UK expressed intention to provide a 330 million Sterling pounds as loan to settle Sudan debts to the BADEA.
Meanwhile, First Vice President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, received at his office in the Republican Palace Mr. Julian Riley in the presence of the UK Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.
Dagalo briefed the new assigned UK Charge d’affaires on the implementation of the peace agreement and the formation of the new transitional government which is participated by the armed struggle movements.
Dagalo emphasized to the UK official the importance of building partnerships with Sudan in training and capacity-building.
The meeting also discussed the situations in the bordering zones besides the social peace-building, along with the illegal migration and human trafficking in consideration with Sudan’s role in curbing the phenomenon.
For his part, the UK envoy said that the meeting with the First Vice President was fruitful and constructive as it discussed boosting the relations between the UK and Sudan.