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Political cooperation

 

Political cooperation

Sudan and Italy have entered into diplomatic relations in the aftermath of the country's independence.

Bilateral relations strengthened especially in the 1980s thanks to important activities of the Italian Development Cooperation. Italy's closeness to Sudan has always had the advantage of considering primarily the need to assist to the most vulnerable Sudanese population.

Regular bilateral consultations are held annually between Sudan and Italy. The last session, the sixth, was held on 5 March on the sidelines of the visit of Deputy Foreign Minister Emanuela Del Re, the first Italian political visit since the end of Omar al Bashir's presidency.

Deputy Minister Del Re met with Prime Minister Burhan, Prime Minister Hamdok, Foreign Minister Abdallah, Finance Minister Badawi and Minister of Health al-Tom. The meetings allowed Deputy Minister Del Re to express Italy's support for the transition and appreciation for the constructive role played in the regional context by Sudan, as well as to confirm the desire to deepen the political dialogue, cultural collaboration and development cooperation, also by encouraging the investments of Italian companies. 

At the international level, Italy is an active and full member of the coordination mechanism of the Group of Friends of Sudan, which was created to better coordinate the support of the International Community (including the EU, the UN and the WB) to the reform process undertaken by the country.

The following bilateral agreements are currently in force:

- Scientific and technical cooperation agreement (signature 22/07/1965)

- Financial agreement (signed 02/12/1967)

- Agreement to avoid double taxation on income from maritime and air navigation (signature 19/10/1968)

- Cultural agreement (signed 23/12/1974)

- Economic and technical cooperation agreement (signed 23/12/1974)


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