Al-Bashir commends China as "strategic partner", hopes to boost ties through visit

08:28, June 27, 2011      

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has reiterated that China constituted the strategic partner for his country in various fields, affirming that his visit to China would give a strong boost for the two countries' ties.

"We regard China as the strategic partner for Sudan in various fields, including the political, economic, commercial and cultural fields," said al-Bashir in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

Talking about his upcoming fourth visit to China, the Sudanese president said: "We are happy to visit China at the invitation of President Hu Jintao. This visit is natural if we consider the relations between Sudan and China. We have kept on exchanging visits at all levels, from the presidential level to the ministerial level and other different levels. This visit is a continuation of the distinguished relations between Sudan and China, which have remained friendly and progressive," said al- Bashir.

Al-Bashir's last visit to Beijing was in 2006, when he participated in a summit of the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation. The Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Sudan in February 2007.

The Sudanese president went on saying that "We are completely satisfied about this relationship which constitutes a living and successful model for the south-south relations. We are convinced that we are moving towards new horizons in the cooperation between the two countries in various fields."

Al-Bashir further enumerated the aspects of cooperation between his country and China, saying that "In the political field, we receive support from China at various international forums, while in the economic field, China is a partner for us in many projects, where it is funding many projects and the Chinese companies are the ones implementing many of our projects."
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Source: Xinhua
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