Peter Tibber » Ambassador to Sudan

National Dialogue

‘I have been asked a number of times what is the UK position is on National Dialogue. Broadly the answer is YES to a National Dialogue, but only one that is genuine, comprehensive and inclusive.  My impression from my recent travels, talking to Sudanese from El Genina to Dongola, is that this is the view of many.’ That is why the President’s call for a National Dialogue is welcome. There … Read more »National Dialogue

Travels in the North

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I spent most of last week travelling in time and space in Northern and River Nile States. I visited a couple of archaeological sites. I was warmly hosted by the Governors and met a range of people in Dongola and Ed Damar. I visited an impressive investment project. There was some discussion of National Dialogue, although the news coming from Khartoum suggested that we have yet to see the creation … Read more »Travels in the North

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – INSPIRING CHANGE

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Many people around the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. The theme this year is “inspiring change”. I have met many women from across Sudan who are doing just that: inspiring change in business, in education, in civil society or in their local communities.   There are many examples of the positive role women play in Sudanese society and public life. Afhad University for Women is … Read more »INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – INSPIRING CHANGE

Gordon in Khartoum- Take two

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Living History General Charles Gordon is one of the totemic figures in the shared history of the UK and Sudan: the leader of the British Force in Sudan killed on the steps of what is now the Presidential Palace by the Mahdi’s army in 1885. In the last couple of weeks two descendants of General Gordon have separately been visiting Sudan. The embassy instigated the visit of one of them. … Read more »Gordon in Khartoum- Take two

Minister of Africa visit to Sudan

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Last week Mr Mark Simmonds came to stay. He is the Minister for Africa in the Foreign Office. He spent two days here meeting Government Ministers and senior Officials, representatives from several political parties, civil society and the business community. He also squeezed in time for a brief sunset boat trip on the Nile. There were two themes to the visit. One was about Sudan’s role in the region. The … Read more »Minister of Africa visit to Sudan

Human Rights Day 2013

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Today marks international Human Rights Day. This year we are celebrating 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Around the world a number of events will celebrate the success of a collective effort to tackle human rights abuses and protection of citizens. Sudan is a signatory to many of the most important international and regional Human Rights agreements. There are many in Government who recognise … Read more »Human Rights Day 2013

Remembering the Fallen: Working to end Conflict

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Every year since the First World War came to an end in 1918 at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, it has been a tradition on the Sunday closest to it to commemorate and remember all those lost as a result of conflict and its aftermath.   Sudan sadly is no stranger to conflict, and its terrible human costs. So on Sunday 10 November we held … Read more »Remembering the Fallen: Working to end Conflict

Travels in the East

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I have just spent a couple of days in Kassala and Gadarif. I know that some people think it is strange for Ambassadors to make visits outside the capital. Of course most of my business is with the Government in Khartoum. But I am the ambassador to Sudan, not to Khartoum. It’s important not to neglect the regions outside the capital and the only way really to understand a country … Read more »Travels in the East

Why Culture Matters

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I returned from an extended Eid holiday last week. We stayed in Khartoum for the first day of Eid, sharing in Sudanese culture marking the end of Ramadan.  After that we left for two weeks holiday in Europe, where I had the opportunity to re-immerse in my own culture. Cultures are important. They are the core of our beings as individuals and as communities. Learning to value the culture of … Read more »Why Culture Matters

Ramadan

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Traditionally the embassy hosts a large Iftar for our Sudanese friends and partners. This year we are doing things a little differently. I am hosting half a dozen smaller Iftars to which we have invited 20 or 30 guests only. I am enjoying these Iftars greatly. They are special events. It is clear that for Sudanese Ramadan is a special time of year. A time for reflection, for spiritual regeneration … Read more »Ramadan