Sudanese minister highly praises Sino-Sudanese ties

08:47, January 07, 2010      

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Sudanese minister of finance and national economy on Wednesday described the Sino-Sudanese relationship as "distinguished" and having achieved true and common benefits for the two peoples.

The Sudanese minister Awad Ahmed al-Jaz, accompanied by Chinese ambassador to Sudan Li Chengwen as well as governors of the North and South Kordofan States, laid the foundation stone for al-Dibaibat-Abu Zabad-al-Fula road linking the North and South Kordofan states, which will be implemented by the China Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) at a cost of 100 million U.S. dollars.

"We have recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Sino-Sudanese ties, and here we are beginning a new page for further cooperation to achieve further true and common benefits for the two peoples," al-Jaz said when addressing the celebration.

South Kordofan state governor Ahmed Haroun told Xinhua that the road was strategic because it would link the area to the main highway linking Kordofan region and capital Khartoum and Port-Sudan, adding that the road would also link the oil production areas with other areas in the country.

He reiterated commitment of his state to provide security for workers at oil production projects and construction of roads, saying "local authorities are exerting great efforts to ensure safety of those working in the oil and construction projects."

The Sino-Sudanese relations are deeply-rooted and we work to enhance and develop them further, Li Chengwen said.

He also praised the efforts made by the Chinese and Sudanese governments to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

The road extends for 185 km and is expected to be completed in three years.

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