Khartoum, Oct. 20 (SUNA) - The Prime Minister, Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk, received at his residence in Khartoum the British Minister for Africa, Ms. Vicky Ford, the British envoy to Sudan, Robert Fairweather, and the British Ambassador to Sudan, Giles Lever, in the presence of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mohamed Sharif Abdalla.

The Prime Minister expressed the appreciation of Sudan government and people for the important support that the British government has been providing to Sudan during the past period of the democratic transition, specially the assistance in removing Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism, and the restoration of the country’s relationship with international financial institutions and the international development community toward reach Sudan qualification for the decision point regarding the HIPC initiative to exempt and reschedule the country's foreign debts.

The meeting dealt with the special relations between the two countries and peoples, and the prospects for strengthening the joint cooperation.

The British minister expressed the British government's firm and strong support for the civil democratic transformation in the country, and the UK's readiness to support the implementation and completion of peace agreements.

The meeting touched on the Climate Summit and Sudan participation in this summit, which will be held in the Scottish city of Glasgow during October 31 - November 12.

The British minister briefed the Prime Minister on the schedule of her visit to Sudan, and expressed her concern about the political crisis in the country, and the living conditions crisis as a result of the closure of the national road in east Sudan, reiterating the desire of the British government to work jointly with the transitional government to resolve this issue within the framework of the road map that the Prime Minister announced in his recent speech to the Sudanese nation.

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