UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 — Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti has held talks here with his Egyptian counterpart, Samih Shukri, and reviewed with him the initiative of President Omer Al-Basher for a societal dialogue between the two countries, referring to the support given to the initiative at the local, regional and international levels.

The meeting, held here over the weekend on the sidelines of the current 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, also discussed a number of issues of mutual concern and agreed on the necessity for promoting trade relations between the two countries for the interest of their peoples.

The Foreign Minister also met with the Foreign Minister of New Zealand and discussed developments in the Sudan and briefed him on the societal dialogue between the political forces in the Sudan.

Karti also met the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and discussed means of consolidating relations between Sudan and Russia and the co-ordination between them at the international and regional forums on the issues of mutual concern.

Karti affirmed Sudan’s keenness to boost the stability in the region, indicating that Sudan’s foreign policy is based on non-intervention in the internal affairs of neighbouring countries.

Karti informed the Russian Foreign Minister on the situation in Sudan, especially concerning the initiative of the President on national and societal dialogue.

The Russian Foreign Minister affirmed the keenness of his country to strengthen its relations, co-operation and co-ordination with Sudan in all fields.

He asserted Russia’s support to the stability in Sudan and the initiative for national and societal dialogue.