Message from the Ambassador
“Sudan, a grand nation, and land of peace and civilization”
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Sudan and all my staff at the Diplomatic Mission in Ottawa, I have the pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan in Canada, and I would encourage any comments or suggestions, promising to give them consideration in our future updates.
Sudan sits at the crossroads of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, and is bordered by seven countries: Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Republic of South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, and Libya. Four of these neighboring countries: South Sudan, Ethiopia, Chad and CAR are land locked, that provides a chance for Sudan to be their gateway to the world. Already all of oil from the Republic of South Sudan goes to world markets through Sudan downstream facilities. As such Sudan represents a suitable gateway. Sudan also borders the Red Sea to the northeast. Its capital, Khartoum, lies at the confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile, and its main port, is Port Sudan on the Red Sea.
I am honored to represent Sudan in Canada, a great nation and a modern country rich in culture, traditions and attractions that have a lot to offer to visitors and the world at large. I look forward to working with Sudanese and Canadians to further our bilateral relations for the benefit of our two countries.
The relationship between Sudan and Canada is long-standing and counts at the first place on an active Sudanese community in Canada. The bilateral partnership between Sudan and Canada will continue to strengthen, and I believe that the current situation in Sudan offers an excellent backdrop to our collaboration.
Sudan is widely recognized as a cradle of many great civilizations. Renowned kingdoms like Kerma, Kush and Meroe flourished in the ancient world and made splendid contributions to the humanity. Meroe which was the first to develop iron industry in the ancient world was known as Birmingham of Africa.
Sudan is endowed with immense abundant untapped natural resources including vast areas of land. Approximately 63% of Sudan’s land area is agricultural land, which is suitable for a wide variety of crop cultivation and animal husbandry. Cultivable land is estimated at 74 million hectares, only 25 percent of which is currently under cultivation. Water resources comprise water from the River Nile and its tributaries, seasonal streams, underground water and rainfall, estimated around 30 billion cubic meters. Sudan’s vast multitude of domestic animals represent a large proportion of all African livestock. Official sources estimated cattle numbers at 42 million, sheep 55 million, goats 45 million, camels 7 million and poultry 60 million. The fertile agricultural lands, the enormous quantities of water, and the variety of its livestock qualify Sudan to be the breadbasket for the Arab World, the Middle East and the African Continent.
Today, as Sudan is experiencing long awaited democratic reforms and is witnessing a new era after the major political change of 11 April 2019, the people of Sudan, comprising various ethnic, cultural and religious groups, are working tediously towards building a modern and democratic state with free market and solid social institutions that will ensure its return to the international arena and put back as an active and respected member of the International Community.
This new historic political situation is the product of a popular uprising that has been going for more than four months, the longest in modern history or Arab Spring, ending into a civil-military partnership during the interim period. Moreover, that uprising was characterized by being peaceful with women and youth playing a leading role.
The country's foreign policy focuses on preservation of Sudan territorial integrity, promotion of trans-regional economic cooperation, integration into African and Arab structures and contribution to the strengthening of global security. Sudan believes in a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries and the autonomy of all nations in global politics, as well as the right of states to relations based on common interest and mutual benefit. It also supports an international order that promotes justice, equality, human inter-dependence, sustainable development and good neighborly relations. Sudan as a member of international and regional organisations, plays a major role to enhance peace, security and stability in the region.
I believe that there are tremendous opportunities for both countries to work together towards unlocking the huge potentials for mutual fruitful cooperation and partnership in the future in all domains. Now our two countries enjoy wide-ranging and ever-expanding ties across many spheres, including political bilateral consultations, education, and cultural ties.
I invite you to use our internet sources, and glad to say that I and my staff would be delighted to offer you further assistance. Please browse our web site for more information about the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan in Ottawa. If you have any questions or would like to speak with our staff regarding our services, they stand ready to assist you.
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Tarig H. Abusalih
Head of Mission
May 1st, 2019