EU Parliamentary delegation due in Sudan

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The delegation plans to meet with Sudanese authorities and civil society in Khartoum to discuss the ongoing efforts to ensure Sudan’s transition towards democracy….reports Asian Lite News

The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee delegation will visit Sudan on 22 September. During visit MEPs will demonstrate their support for the Sudanese people in their struggle for democracy.

The delegation plans to meet with Sudanese authorities and civil society in Khartoum to discuss the ongoing efforts to ensure Sudan’s transition towards democracy. The delegation will be led by the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister (EPP, Germany) who will be joined by the MEPs: Urmas Paet, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Renew), Željana Zovko, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (EPP), Carlos Zorrinho, Chair of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (S&D), Michael Gahler, Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (EPP) and Juozas Olekas, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (S&D)

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has called for the safe and secure passage of humanitarian assistance to the conflict-hit areas of South Sudan’s Upper Nile and Jonglei states amid renewed tension which has displaced thousands of families and left an unknown number of civilians dead or injured.

In a statement issued here on Friday, the WFP said it has been forced to suspend relief operations as a result of the deteriorating security situation in parts of the two states, reports Xinhua news agency.

“Due to deterioration in the security situation along the White Nile, WFP has had to suspend its barge movement between Adok and Malakal as the waterways have become inaccessible, to the detriment of communities in the firing line.

“Several attempts to negotiate access to reach communities facing an emergency and catastrophic levels of food insecurity have failed,” the statement said.

WFP said one of its convoys carrying 1,151 metric tons of food meant for communities in Fangak, Canal/Pigi, and Panyikang counties were forced to return last week after clashes between conflicting parties resumed.

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