By: Aisha Braima
KHARTOUM (SUDANOW) - President Omer al-Bashir on Thursday attended the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of victory of the Chinese people's resistance during the World War II.
The president arrived in Beijing Tuesday on a several-day official visit to China at an invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. President Bashir is accompanied by a high level delegation comprising the Minister for the Presidency Salah Wanasi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour, Minister of Finance Badr Edden Mahmud, Minister of Oil Mohamed Zayid Awad, Minister of Transport, Road &Bridges, Makawi Mohamed Awad and Coordinator of Sudanese- Chinese Relations Awad al-Jaz.
The two presidents signed strategic partnership agreement to enhance Sudanese Chinese bilateral relations in all fields and to achieve the joint interests of the peoples of the two countries.
Bashir commended the Chinese stances in support of Sudan in regional and international arenas, particularly on the issue of the so-called International Criminal Court, underlining Sudan's unwavering support to China's fundamental rights to security and stability. Describing China as Sudan’s number one strategic partner, the President cited the 20-year cooperation between the two countries in the field of oil, expressing hope that such cooperation would cover other fields such as agriculture, industry and mining.
President Xi Jinping said signing the strategic partnership agreement stands as a new milestone in the history of the 56 year old relations between the two countries.
President Bashir had attended during the visit the signing of a number of agreements including the purchase of two Airbus planes for the Sudanese national airways (Sudanair), two commuter trains. The documents also include a framework agreement between the Sea Lines Corporations in the two countries.
He has also attended the meeting of the Sudanese - Chinese businessmen in which the Sudanese GIAD Group and Chinese companies signed a contract on Port-Sudan's Free Zone project and other three contracts for car assembly in Sudan.
SUDATEL telecommunication Group signed with the Chinese company (SITC) a contract for implementation of the national broad band project.
The president has equally attended the signing of agreements on the fields of space research, banking, water services and textile.
The President also met with the Chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) who promptly responded to the president invitation for increasing the company's investments in Sudan.
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