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Sudan, China agree to elevate ties to strategic level

Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) agreed on Wednesday to elevate bilateral relations to a “strategic level.”

The parties reached the consensus at the fourth round of high-level talks in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the talks co-chaired by NCP Deputy Chairman Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid and Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Hamid affirmed a “complete consensus between the two parties” after talks on “all political, economic, commercial, cultural and social axes,” highlighting the will and determination by the political leadership in the two parties to press ahead and boost the cooperation ties.

China has reiterated its support of Sudan’s issues at all international forums, he added, hailing the continuing support from China towards construction and development projects in Sudan, including the increase of Chinese investments.

He also reiterated “primary supporting stance” toward China’s core interests, saying that Sudanese government attaches great importance to the bilateral ties.

Wang assured China’s “great concern of its strategic ties with Sudan,” underscoring efforts to implement the political consensus of the two countries’ leadership amid “new circumstances and new challenges.”

He said that CPC is willing to intensify communication with NCP, emphasizing the spirit of the sixth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee.

He also reiterated depth of the standing traditional friendship between the two countries, applauding the exchange of support “for the sake of mutual progress,” according to a written statement at the conclusion of his three-day visit to Sudan.

Sudan's First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh.
Sudan’s First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh.

Wang, accompanied by a CPC delegation, visited Sudan on Nov. 28-30, where he met with Sudan’s First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh, Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omer and Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour.

Wang also attended the second session of the dialogue forum between the Chinese and Sudanese industrial and trade sectors as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The high-level talks represent the top mechanism between both parties to discuss issues of strategic political and economic partnership, and it is governed by a protocol which renew itself in every five years.


Source: Xinhua | December 1

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