Senior CPC official holds talks with Sudan party leader

20:29, November 17, 2009      

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Senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Zhou Yongkang said that China is willing to further promote ties with Sudan to bring more tangible benefits to the people of the two countries.

Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, made the remarks at talks with Nafie Ali Nafie, deputy president of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP), late on Monday.

Zhou arrived in Khartoum on Monday on a three-day official goodwill visit to Sudan.

Zhou hailed bilateral relations since the two countries forged diplomatic ties 50 years ago, saying the two countries have stood test of the changeable international situations.

"In recent years, the two countries have maintained high-level visits, expanded cooperation in such areas as oil, transportation, agriculture and culture, which have brought tangible benefits to the two peoples," said Zhou.

China-Sudan relations can be seen as an example for South-South and China-Africa cooperation, said Zhou.

Zhou said China attaches great importance to relations with Sudan, and will make joint efforts with Sudan to further deepen bilateral cooperation on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of China-Sudan diplomatic ties.

Zhou suggested the two countries to enhance political consultations and coordination, expand pragmatic cooperation in various fields based on mutual benefit and reciprocity, boost cultural exchanges and consummate the cooperative mechanism of law enforcement and security.

Zhou spoke highly of party relations between the two countries and the leading role the NCP has played in achieving peace, solidarity and development in Sudan.

"The ruling parties of the two countries have formed all-round, wide-ranging and multiform pattern of interaction, which is helpful to the development of bilateral ties," said Zhou.

Zhou urged the two parties to set up exchange mechanism to discuss experience on governance and international and regional issues, and to further exchanges and cooperation to serve China-Sudan friendship.

Nafie, who is also Sudanese presidential assistant, appreciated China's consistent assistance to Sudan in the past years, hoping the two countries could continue cooperation in areas like agriculture and energy as Sudan will provide favorable investment environment for the Chinese enterprises.

Nafie pledged to take every measure to guarantee the safety of the Chinese nationals working in Sudan.

Before the talks, Zhou met with the Chinese peacekeepers in Sudan, encouraging them to make new contribution to peace, stability and development in Sudan as well as UN peacekeeping mission.

Source: Xinhua
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