Khartoum Affirms Importance of Sino-Sudanese Ties Ahead of Visit
2009-11-16 00:00:51 Xinhua Web Editor: Chu Daye
Ahead of a visit by a delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to Khartoum, a senior Sudanese official said Sunday the Sino-Sudanese relations are built on strong diplomatic bases that respect the relations with all.
Mustafa Osman Ismail, adviser to Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir, said at a press conference in Khartoum that "the relations between Sudan and China have never been affected despite the changes of governments, where the bilateral relations have remained normal and never witnessed any tensions since their establishment."
He said Sudan expected much on the visit of the Chinese delegation to Sudan on Monday and that the visit comes as part of exchanges between the Sudanese ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the CPC.
The CPC delegation will be headed by Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, for a good-will visit to Sudan and South Africa in the second half of this month at the invitation of the NCP and African National Congress of South Africa, according to the International Department of the CPC Central Committee.
Ismail said the CPC delegation will hold talks with NCP officials on means of cooperation between the two parties.
The delegation will also meet with President al-Bashir and hold talks with Vice President of southern Sudan Riek Machar, said Ismail, noting that a number of Chinese loans to Sudan would be signed during the visit.
Ismail expressed his country's appreciation of China's supportive stances to find a peaceful settlement for the Darfur crisis, saying "China has affirmed, in word and deed, its support to the political process in Darfur, where China had a considerable role in the fields of rehabilitation and development in the region."
"China exerts remarkable efforts to lessen the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and has provided 11 million U.S. dollars as assistance for the establishment of health, water and electricity service projects in Darfur together with ready schools," he said.
He reiterated his country's desire and readiness to enhance its standing relations with China, saying "we are looking forward to enhancing these relations and we are currently focusing on the partnership with China in the field of agriculture due to Sudan's wide agricultural areas and China's expertise in this domain."