DIPLOMACY

H.E. Mr. Mohamed Eltayeb Gasm Allah, Sudanese Ambassador in Romania: The Sudan’s Independence Day

In January 2016 the Republic of the Sudan celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the country’s Independence which was brought by a heroic and indefatigable struggle characterized by bravely rarely matched in modern history , farsightedness , shrewdness and a quest for a country-¬ wide nationalism associated with a continent- wide affiliation and vision .

The latter was demonstrated by the Sudan’s early support of the African liberation movements that sought to rid their respective territories and countries from the yokes of colonialism and oppression.

The 60th Anniversary of the Sudan’s Independence coincides with a very significant era for all Sudanese during which the peace process has been progressively and successfully developing to give its fruitful result of peace and stability.

The year 2015 was a remarkable one, during which the national dialogue has been launched by the president of the Sudan on the 10th of October 2015 with a wide participation of all major opposition parties for whom the government has guaranteed safe participation and free return. A higher coordinative committee has been established for that national dialogue composed of seven political parties from the government side as well as other seven political parties and movements from the opposition (called 7 + 7 committee).

The 7+7 committee has divided the subjects to be discussed during the national dialogue into six subjects of concern to the future of the Sudan. Those six subjects have been assigned to six committees hoping that the national dialogue will achieve its best-intended goals of maintaining national unity, peace and stability in the country and further, meeting all aspirations of Sudanese People especially in conflict areas of the Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The Anniversary of the Sudan is a good moment to reflect on the deep and traditional connections that exist between the Sudan and Romania.

The two countries have established their diplomatic relations on the 17th of January 1956, i.e. barely two weeks after the official declaration of the Sudan’s Independence by the Sudanese Parliament on the 1st of January 1956. Several bilateral agreements in various fields have been concluded between the two countries since 1970s.

The private sector in both countries has recently strengthened their economic and commercial relations, the result being the birth of the first economic forum in 2012, with a wide participation of senior officials from both sides, as well as many Sudanese and Romanian private companies.

Last but not least, one should mention the cultural relations that exist between the two countries as, since the establishment of diplomatic relations, there are about 5.000 Sudanese students who graduated from Romanian higher education institutions and universities in various fields especially in medicine. They are still speaking Romanian language and keeping close social relations with Romania while most of them are married to Romanian women.

The Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan in Romania would like to seize this opportunity to congratulate all Sudanese inside or outside the country on the occasion of the Sudan’s Independence day, particularly the Sudanese community in Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

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