MoS Muraleedharan to embark on five-day visit to Sudan, South Sudan tomorrow
India enjoys warm, friendly and cordial relations with Sudan and South Sudan
Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan will pay an official visit to Sudan and South Sudan from October 18 – 22. This will be his first visit to both the countries.
In the first leg of his two-nation Africa visit, the MoS will reach Sudan where during his two-day trip, he will hold talks with Foreign Minister, Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and other dignitaries on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, he will call on President of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, First Lt. General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Al Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.
MoS Muraleedharan will also interact with the Indian community in Sudan during the visit, the statement noted.
In South Sudan, where the MoS will arrive in the second and last leg of Africa visit from October 20-22, he will call on President General Salva Kiir Mayardit.
He will meet Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mayiik Ayii Deng, Speaker of Transitional National Legislative Assembly Jemma NunuKumba and other dignitaries, the MEA said.
It added that the Minister of State will address the Indian Community in Juba and will interact with Indian entrepreneurs there.
He will also pay a visit to a hospital of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba run by Doctors of Indian Army, said the statement.
India enjoys warm, friendly and cordial relations with Sudan and South Sudan, it stated.
A number of Indian companies are operational in different sectors in both the countries, the statement informed.
Over the years, India has been at the forefront in capacity building of the youth of Sudan and South Sudan, it pointed out.
A sizable number of students from the two countries have been studying in institutions across India. India has deep-rooted cultural and people to people ties with Sudan and South Sudan, the statement further stated.
The visit is likely to give a new momentum to our relations with the two countries, it added.