WFP Discusses with Khartoum Relief to Two Areas
Minister of Interior Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid discussed with the Executive Manager of WFP the different ways in which the two parties can coordinate to deliver humanitarian aid to the South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
The minister confirmed that his ministry cares hugely about cooperation with the United Nations organizations and the international community; pointing out that WFP contributes to raising awareness and fighting poverty in addition to delivering humanitarian aid to the affected citizens.
The minister described the program as "successful" for having secured food especially after the success of the rainy season in the country; calling on international community to pressurize the armed forces which loot citizens' belongings in Darfur and South Kordofan; especially in gold mining areas.
On her part; the executive manager of the WFP commended the role of the Ministry of Interior in the humanitarian field and pointed out the importance of coordination in implementing all programs by the two parties.
In the same context; the undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rahmat Allah Mohammed Osman discussed in Rome with the executive manager of the WFP the relations between Sudan and the program and how can the two parties coordinate to implement the projects in Darfur and Eastern Sudan; projects that include motivating the return of IDPs, enabling small farmers to reach the markets; and offering a meal to every student to help keep them school.
The manager commended the close cooperation and support the program and its employees receive in the Sudan; pointing out that the way the program functions and the neutral and impartial conduct of its employees earned them the trust of different parties. She said they now focus on implementing what the parties of the tripartite agreement have agreed on which is to deliver food to the needy in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
The undersecretary on his part confirmed the readiness of Sudan to forward all the kinds of support that could facilitate the activities of the program and move them along; pointing out that the concerned authorities consider protecting the program's employees a priority.
It is worth mentioning that this is the second visit of the UN ranking official to Africa since holding the post less than six months ago.
The UN official met with the First Vice President and discussed the policies of the program and work priorities in addition to the mutual cooperation partnership relations.
By Staff Writer, 14/08/2012