Canada and Sudan elevate diplomatic representation to the Ambassadorial level

News release

January 12, 2020 – Khartoum, Sudan - Global Affairs Canada

Today, Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rob Oliphant, and Sudan Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok are pleased to announce Canada and Sudan’s intention to reciprocally elevate diplomatic representation to the Ambassadorial level. 

This is an important time for Sudan. The people of Sudan have shown their determination to make their voices heard since the beginning of peaceful demonstrations in December, 2018. Through many difficult moments, the people of Sudan have exhibited great courage in their fight for freedom. Elevated diplomatic representation will allow our countries to enhance our communication and cooperation during this important transition.

Canada recognizes the opportunity that exists in this new era for Sudan. As the Government of Sudan continues to implement the terms of the constitutional agreement, Canada looks forward to partnering with the Government of Sudan and is committed to the ongoing success of this democratic transition. 


“Canada and Sudan have had diplomatic relations for nearly 60 years. Elevating our representation in Sudan to the Ambassadorial level is an important step in strengthening our bilateral relationship.”

- Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Canada has demonstrated that it is a staunch ally, and our announcement today reiterates our mutual commitment to strengthen our bilateral ties and enhance trade, investment and mutual cooperation. This announcement marks a new and positive step in our long-standing friendship with Canada, and we take this opportunity to express our commitment to our shared values of freedom, peace and justice.‎”

- Abdallah Hamdok, Prime Minister of Sudan

Quick facts

  • Canada established official diplomatic relations with the Republic of Sudan in 1961. 

  • In Sudan, Canada maintains an Embassy in Khartoum, and in Canada, Sudan maintains an Embassy in Ottawa.

  • In December 2019, Canada joined 20 other countries and organizations for the fifth Friends of Sudan meeting in Khartoum to discuss how the international community can support Sudan’s civilian-led government in its efforts to achieve peace and promote economic recovery, development and women’s full and equal participation in society. 

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