Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with His Sudanese Counterpart
On August 8, 2011, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with his Sudanese counterpart Ali Ahmed Karti in Khartoum.
Yang hailed the long history of the friendship between the two countries. "The regional situations currently continue to undergo profound changes but China will not change its policy of developing friendly and cooperative relations with Sudan," Yang said. "China supports Sudan's efforts in protecting its national sovereignty, enhancing the national reconciliation and promoting economic and social development. China appreciates Sudan's adherence to the one-China policy and support on issues of China's core interests and major concerns," he added.
Yang said both sides should make joint efforts in the following three aspects to consolidate and develop bilateral ties. China and Sudan can maintain friendly exchanges at all levels and take full advantage of political consultation mechanism between the two countries' foreign ministries. Both sides should expand pragmatic cooperation for mutual benefit and win-win outcome, deepen bilateral cooperation in the fields of petroleum, agriculture and mineral resources exploration, and strengthen coordination and consultation on international and regional issues, Yang said.
Ali Ahmed Karti, for his part, said Sudan-China traditional friendly relations enjoy a profound basis, expressing hope that Foreign Minister Yang's current visit will contribute to the development of bilateral ties. He expressed Sudan's appreciation of China's fair position on the Sudan issue as well as its economic aid and support to Sudan. "Despite domestic changes, Sudan will continue its endeavors to develop relations with China, enhance cooperation in the fields of petroleum, agriculture, and mining, provide more convenient and safe atmosphere for Chinese investments, and maintain coordination with China on international and regional issues," Karti said. He also reiterated Sudan's adherence to the one-China policy.
Meanwhile, regarding the South Sudan issue, the Chinese foreign minister said China always and firmly supports the peace process between north and south Sudan. China is willing to work with the international community to play an active and constructive role in promoting proper ways to solve differences between the two sides.
As for the Darfur issue, Yang said that China has been working hard to promote efforts in properly solving the Darfur issue. China will maintain contact and coordination with Sudan to play an active role in promoting proper settlement of the Darfur issue and realizing peace and stability in the region.
Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.
Yang arrived in Khartoum on August 7 on an official visit to Sudan at the invitation of his Sudanese counterpart Karti.