International Affairs



It gives me great pleasure to accept your Credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Sudan to India. I warmly welcome you to India and extend my sincere congratulations on your appointment to this position of high status and responsibility.

I would like to avail this opportunity to thank His Excellency Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, President of the Sudan, for his warm greetings and good wishes. I heartily reciprocate his kind sentiments on behalf of the Government and people of India, and on my behalf. I would also like to extend my good wishes for President Al-Bashir's personal health and for the welfare and prosperity of the friendly people of Sudan.

Geographical distance has not stood in the way of the growth of our relations which have traditionally been close and friendly. Besides forging a partnership in promoting the cause of South-South Cooperation, our two countries have also cooperated in the Non-aligned Movement and other international fora to promote the objectives of global peace and development. A peaceful environment is necessary for the economic and social development of the people. In this context, we welcome the various initiatives taken by your government to achieve lasting peace in your neighbourhood and the recent decision to extend the ceasefire. I would also like to take this opportunity to reiterate India's continued support for Sudan's independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

Sudan is one of the major participants in the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme and we are proud of our modest share in the development of human resources in your country. I would like to assure you that our technical assistance programme will continue, and that we are engaged in making the programme even more focussed and relevant to your needs.

As growing economies, both India and Sudan need to look beyond the mere exchange of commodities. India is keen to share the successful experience of promoting small scale industries which uses appropriate technology in a cost effective manner. Indian companies are also interested in setting up industrial estates, undertaking the rehabilitation and revamping of existing units, preparation of consultancy and feasibility reports for industrial and infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, ports etc. We should encourage the entrepreneurs and experts from both sides to explore the opportunities and identify the modalities of such cooperation.

Excellency, we in India, have faced the complex task of assimilating and reconciling many religious, linguistic, ethnic and social groups into a society of tolerance and religious amity. We are confident, that the tradition of secularism and democracy, so deeply engrained in our country will withstand the challenge of cross-border terrorism and other threats to the secular order that we are facing. Both India and Sudan could join hands to give a global focus to the problem of state-sponsored terrorism.

Excellency, I am happy to note that a senior official of your Government was in Delhi to witness our recently concluded General Elections. The people of India have demonstrated once again their commitment to the democratic process. The peaceful conduct of elections and the assumption of office by a democratically elected Government are a matter of great pride and satisfaction to us.

Mr. Ambassador, with your rich experience, you will find India a fertile ground for practical ideas for strengthening relations between the two countries. In this regard, I assure you of the fullest cooperation of my Government. I wish you all success and a happy stay in India.

Thank you

Jai Hind