With the country keen to widen the reach of its diplomacy, Sudan has hosted a number of international conferences and high-level meetings over the past year
Foreign policy in Sudan has seen wide diplomatic movement at international and regional levels recently. In December, Khartoum hosted the 2nd Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum, the 5th meeting for the Neighboring Countries of Libya, as well as a consultative six-party meeting in January to support the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) Mediation (which aims to push the peace process in South Sudan).
The Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Russia Sergey Lavrov, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikhail Bogdanov, in addition to a number of Arab foreign ministers and permanent delegates to the Arab League participated in the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum, which was held on 2-3 December 2014.
On the sidelines of the forum, Russian-Sudanese bilateral talks took place regarding issues and concerns of the region, where it called for cooperation in various fields, especially in the areas of oil and mining.
The forum was followed by the convening of the 5th meeting for the Neighboring Countries of Libya on 4th December with the participation of Niger, Chad, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Mauritania. This forum issued a statement calling for the pursuance of a political and peaceful solution to violence in Libya.
Under the invitation of Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti, Sudan also received the Foreign Minister of China, Mr. Wang Yi. The visit lasted for two days, on 11-12 January, with bilateral talks promising continued cooperation in all fields, especially oil, agriculture and mining. In addition, Sudan participated in the six-party meeting to support the IGAD Mediation to push the peace process in South Sudan, which was held in Khartoum on 12thJanuary.
Khartoum also hosted the Regional Conference on Human Trafficking and Smuggling between 13th and 16th October 2014. The conference invited ministers of more than 15 countries along with high level delegations of the African Union and the International Organization for Migration to a joint cooperative agreement to address the issue.