Ambassador Mohamed Sharif Abdullah, Under-Secretary of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with Robert Andrew Piper, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Development Assistance, and other relevant officials in Khartoum on 7 June.
During the meeting, Sharif Abdullah expressed that the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with regards to Sudan’s democratic transition process, is ready to cooperate constructively with the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) and other United Nations officials to work and help achieve their respective missions.
Khardiata Lo N’Diaye, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Development and Humanitarian Affairs assigned to UNITAMS, thanked the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its support. In this context, she stated the role of UNITAMS in the development and humanitarian aid it provides, and expressed that it is ready to cooperate with the relevant authorities for development aid in addition to humanitarian aid in supporting Sudan’s transition process.
Robert Andrew Piper, Deputy Secretary-General for Development Assistance, commended the achievements of the Sudanese transitional government in all areas in the short term, emphasizing the importance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ support for the coordination in Sudan with UNITAMS and the United Nations team. Furthermore, Piper added that her team’s mission is to provide necessary assistance to the UNITAMS mission in Sudan and the United Nations team to ensure integration in development and humanitarian roles according to the needs of the Sudanese Government.
Sudan initiated a three-year transition period with a civil-military partnership in August 2019, following the removal of the Omar al-Bashir administration from power by the military in April 2019. In this context, UNITAMS also supplies support for Sudan’s political transition.