Posted by: africanpressorganization | 14 January 2009

Italian Minister Frattini meets with Sudan’s personal advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs



Italian Minister Frattini meets with Sudan’s personal advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs


ROME, Italy, January 14, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Minister for Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini met today at the foreign ministry in Rome with personal advisor to President of Sudan Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Nafie Ali Nafie, the 4th highest institutional position, who was accompanied by Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Mutraf Siddig.

Analysed during the meeting were the 2005 peace accord between North and South Sudan and the crisis in Darfur, the positive outcome of which is essential to fostering national reconciliation and maintaining the country’s territorial unity.  Italy is engaged on behalf of the peace accord, which it co-signed as an observer, and a member of the commission for verification of the accord’s  implementation. Italy’s full support was reiterated for mediation by former foreign minister of Burkina Faso Djibril Bassolé  on behalf of the United Nations and the African Union, as well as our country’s support for UNAMID, the joint UN/AU peace force in Darfur.

The meeting’s participants also discussed were the political processes under way in Somalia and agreed on the need to support the Djibouti peace process and strengthen Somalia’s internal policy framework in order to ensure the country’s stability and effectively confront the phenomenon of piracy.
Frattini and Nafie commented on the positive trend in bilateral relations, underscoring the role that the Italian Development Cooperation plays in assisting the most vulnerable segments of the Sudanese population, and agreeing on the advisability of strengthening economic and trade relations, not least by boosting the presence of Italian firms in Sudan’s economy, which has indeed risen sharply in recent years, especially in the sectors of agricultural and infrastructure.



SOURCE : Italy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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