14:41, February 28, 2012
BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said he hopes Sudan and South Sudan will properly solve their differences "at an early date."
He made the remark while meeting with visiting Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti.
Xi said differences between Sudan and South Sudan have recently led to disputes, drawing attention from the international community and raising China's concerns.
China hopes the two countries can remain patient and maintain communication, keeping in mind their fundamental interests and the overall regional situation, Xi said.
Karti said Sudan will adhere to a peaceful path and solve differences with South Sudan through negotiations.
Xi said he hopes Sudan will take concrete measures to ensure the safety of Chinese organizations and personnel in Sudan, to which Karti replied that the country will take all necessary measures to protect the safety of Chinese nationals.
China and Sudan have treated each other sincerely since forging diplomatic ties, Xi said, adding that both countries have maintained frequent high-level contacts, increased political trust and made fruitful achievements in multiple areas.
China is a trustworthy friend of the people of Sudan, and Sudan appreciates the long-term support and assistance extended by China, Karti said.
Karti arrived in China on Feb. 26 for a three-day visit at the invitation of his counterpart Yang Jiechi.