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NEWS & VIEWS
PRESS RELEASE ON THE VISIT OF H.E. MR. LEE TICHAW CHING MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA 4-6TH JANUARY, 2004



1. On an invitation from H.E. Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China H.E. Mr. Lee Tichaw Ching accompanied by a high level delegation from both Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of the People's Republic of China paid an official visit to Sudan from 4-6 January 2004.

2. During the official talks chaired by both the Ministers, the two sides within the existing framework of consultations and coordinations discussed bilateral issues as well as regional and international matters of mutual concern and shared identical views and positions on the maters discussed.

3. The two sides expressed their profound satisfaction and appreciation for the steady progress made in their relations in political, economic, commercial, investment and cultural fields in the previous years and what has been provided by the People's Republic of China to Sudan for advancement of its economy and development by increasing its investments in Sudan in vital areas, and giving donations, soft and preferential loans, waiving part of its debts on the Sudan and increase of the trade exchange between the two countries till China has become the first commercial partner of Sudan.

4. The Chinese side took note of the development in the on going peace talks in Kenya between the government of the Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, and expressed its deep pleasure for the imminent signing of the permanent peace agreement and stressed its commitment to the unity and stability of Sudan.

5. In the areas of international affairs, the two sides underlined the full adherence to the principles of international peace and security and the right of states to exercise full sovereignty over their lands. They agreed to oppose and resist all attempts of intervention in the internal affairs of the states for any reason. They expressed their deep concern over the use of unilateral international sanctions, which cause hardship to the people and urged the international community to oppose them. The two sides announced their commitment to work together under the framework of G-77 to achieve sustainable development through increased investments, transfer of technology, development of human resources and by filling the gap between the developed and developing countries.

6. The two parties agreed that terrorism is not one state problem but has become a global issue. They underscored the importance of distinguishing between terrorism and the right of the people to defend their usurped rights. They also underlined the need for the international community's co-operation to fight terrorism nationally, regionally and globally, in accordance to what is enshrined in the regional and international laws and conventions.

7. Sudan stressed its stance with the policy of one China and objection to all attempts by Taiwan to get international recognition.

8. At the end of the talks the two sides signed two agreements for technical co-operation between Sudan and the People's Republic of China, the first of which is agreement for financial grant of thirty million Chinese Yuan and the other is agreement for soft loan of thirty million Chinese Yuan.

9. H.E. Mr. Lee, during his visit met Dr. Ahmed Awad Eljaz, Minister for Energy and Mining and discussed with him the process of oil and energy projects being funded and executed by the People's Republic of China. He also participated in the opening ceremony of Gari Electricity Station, which was funded and executed by China. He also visited the Khartoum Refinery at Jaily.

10. H.E. Mr. Lee ended his visit by having an audience with H.E. Omer Hassan Ahmed Elbashir and the meeting deliberated the course of relations between the two countries and the means to develop and promote them to further excellent level.




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