May 17th, 2018
Baroness Cox receives answers to her written questions on Sudan
Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed questions to the UK Government about foreign relations and freedom of religion in Sudan. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) responded.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the most recent round of discussions in the UK–Sudan Strategic Dialogue.
The Strategic Dialogue provides an important platform to raise issues of bilateral interest between the UK and Sudan. At the Fifth Round, held in Khartoum on 24 April, we discussed a range of issues with senior Sudanese Government representatives, including the peace process, human rights, development, migration, trade and investment, and counter-terrorism.
Both the British Government and the Government of Sudan welcomed the continued progress made since the last round of the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue in October, and agreed to continue work jointly on issues of mutual interest.
The Communique of the Fifth Round of the Strategic Dialogue is available on the British Government’s website.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of freedom of religion or belief in Sudan.
Sudan remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and we are deeply concerned about infringements and restrictions on freedom of religion or belief. We are considering ways that FCO programme funding could help to promote freedom of religion or belief in Sudan. We raised our concerns with the Government during the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue on 24 April, and will continue to do so as part of our ongoing bilateral engagement.
You can see all of Baroness Cox’s written questions and answers here
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