HUSSEIN AWAD ALI
At the outset, I am pleased to avail myself of this opportunity for the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the independence of my country on January 1, 1956 and I would like to thank the newspaper for allowing me to express a few words. Being the first sub-Saharan African country to gain its independence, I am proud on this occasion to salute and pay homage to the people of our homeland and express our pride in the efforts exerted by our forefathers, who worked tirelessly to claim the honour of hoisting the national flag of our country high among the flags of other independent nations.
Fortunately, the celebrations of our independence this year have emerged with a landmark event in the politics of Sudan, the conclusion of the National Dialogue. It was convened by the initiative of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and by virtue of the representatives of more than 90 political parties, civil servants, NGOs and some armed movements who abide by the peace principles. All these parties agreed to meet and engage themselves in voluntary discussions under the umbrella of the National Dialogue. The outcome of that conference is an illustration and manifestation of the commitment and determination of those constituents, who are convinced that the problems of the Sudan can only be solved through dialogue, and hence the mentioned document emerged as a legitimate outcome of the presidential initiative. The document contains the vision of how to achieve lasting solutions for persistent problems facing the country and finding common, shared goals for building the nation, promoting the unity of people and protecting the countryâ€™s national territories.
On this occasion, I am proud to state that Sudan and Zambia established diplomatic relations in the early 1990s, but as a matter of fact, the relationship between the sisterly countries is deeply rooted, for it goes back to the period of the struggle against colonisation. The independent Sudan, during the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, had earnestly stood side by side with its African freedom fighters. amongst them are its Zambian brothers in their human struggle for their liberty. Nevertheless, I believe that it is imperative upon both of our nations to build on that solid heritage, together with the common political will which exists between our two countries so as to push and deepen our relations in all fields, especially since our two countries are rich in human and natural resources. Such great economic potentialities could be utilised and integrated for the benefit of our two friendly peoples.
Moreover, I would like to take this opportunity to commend and salute Zambia and its leadership for the positive and essential roles it has been playing over the past years regionally and internationally, especially its efforts for restoring peace and stability in the great lakes region – ICGLR and the African continent as a whole.
To conclude, I am not dreaming to say that our two nations believe and share a common vision for establishing peace and security in their sub-regions and continent. Most definitely, they are of high spirit and possess the qualifications required in monitoring these principles and sharing them with other human beings all over the world.
The author is Ambassador, Sudan Embassy – Lusaka
HUSSEIN AWAD ALI