Sudan and Canada decided to raise diplomatic representation to the level of ambassadors, after having been for many years at the level of charge d’affaires.
Hamdok received Canadian Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Rob Olivant and the two countries reduced their diplomatic representation in 2004.
This came after the Security Council imposed sanctions on the regime of ousted Omar al-Bashir, under Resolution 1556 for human rights violations in the Darfur region.
A statement issued by the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, on Sunday that Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok met Parliamentary Secretary to Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Olivant; “The two parties agreed to increase the diplomatic representation between the two countries to the rank of ambassador in both Khartoum and Ottawa.”
The statement added that Hamdok called for strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the field of trade, investment and capacity building.
Minister of Cabinet Affairs Ambassador Omar Bashir Manis said, in press statements, that Hamdok’s meeting with Olivant discussed aspects of joint cooperation between the two countries in various fields.
Olivant announced his country’s readiness to support the programs of the transitional period government.
In addition to their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and pushing forward the prospects for cooperation in the political, economic and trade fields within the framework of the Canadian openness to Africa and Sudan in particular.
Sudan began a transitional phase on August 22, ending with general elections in the country after less than three years, in which the Sudanese hope to restore Khartoum’s relations with the international community.