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Al-Mahdi holds series of meetings with Arab officials in Doha

 the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maryam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, held a series of meetings with her Arab counterparts and leaders of the Qatari government in Doha, focused on the Renaissance Dam crisis.

Doha: AlTaghyeer: Agencies

Al-Mahdi held a series of meetings with Arab officials in the Qatari capital Doha to inform them of recent developments in the Renaissance Dam file, in addition to discussing bilateral relations.

The meetings the minister participated in were held to follow up on the events in Palestine and the crisis of the Renaissance Dam.

On Wednesday, al-Mahdi met with the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar, Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, at the Amiri Diwan.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs provided the Qatari official with a detailed explanation of the Ethiopian dam crisis.

She stressed Sudan’s keenness to reach a binding legal agreement on the filling and operation of the dam, and its rejection of Ethiopia’s taking unilateral positions that could seriously harm her country.

The foreign minister called for activating the work of the joint ministerial committee between the two countries.

 She also expressed aspiration for Qatar’s support and assistance regarding the issue of debt forgiveness, and the IBAN system to facilitate bank transfers.

For his part, bin Khalifa assured of Qatar’s support for Sudan, under the direct guidance of the Amir of the State, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Other Meetings

In the same vein, Al-Mahdi held talks with her counterparts in Libya, Lebanon, Algeria and Somalia, briefing them on Sudan’s position on the dam crisis.

The Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohamed Abdel-Razzaq, expressed Mogadishu’s understanding of Khartoum’s position.

During his meeting with Al-Mahdi, he spoke of the importance of productive negotiation and constructive dialogue in resolving the crisis, leading to solutions that satisfy all.

Al-Mahdi’s talks with her Lebanese counterpart, Zina Aker, touched on the issue of Sudanese citizens in Lebanon.

The two sides agree on the importance of overcoming obstacles to facilitate the voluntary return of Sudanese nationals.

When meeting with the Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Najla Al-Manqoush, Al-Mahdi expressed her wishes that the signed UN road-map would contribute to the stability of the situation in the northwestern neighbor.

The Sudanese foreign minister also demanded the reactivation of the joint work committee between the two countries. The committee’s last meeting was held in back in 2002.

Al-Mahdi’s talks with her Algerian counterpart, Sabri Bouqaddoum, focused on strengthening bilateral relations and coordinating regional positions.

She stressed the importance of joint work mechanism to help solve the issue of foreign mercenaries in Libya, and to support Libya’s stability and its neighboring countries as well.

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