Presidents of China, Sudan exchange congratulations on 60th anniversary of ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday exchanged congratulatory messages with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to mark the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations.

In his message, Xi said that Sudan was one of the first African countries to establish diplomatic relations with China. He said that in the past 60 years, China and Sudan have seen a healthy and stable development of their relationship. In 2015, China and Sudan established a strategic partnership. 

Xi said he highly values the development of China-Sudan relations and is willing to work with Bashir to take the opportunity of the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties to deepen the cooperation in building the Belt and Road, and implement the results from the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit, so as to lift the bilateral strategic partnership to new heights.

For his part, Bashir said bilateral relations between the two countries have developed steadily in various fields over the past 60 years. He said Sudan is willing to continue to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the two countries, work to build a community with a shared future, and actively participate in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative.

On the same day, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Sudanese Prime Minister Mutazz Musa also exchanged congratulatory messages. 

Li said in his congratulatory message that China is ready to work with the Sudanese government to expand and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields and further enhance the well-being of the two peoples.

Mutazz said that Sudan will work with China to continuously consolidate the traditional friendship between the two countries.