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Wang Yi Speaks with Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi on the Phone
2021-05-09

On May 8, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi.

Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi thanked China for its strong support in Sudan's fight against COVID-19, saying that the two countries share a long friendship and a relationship founded on mutual respect, and that China has played a great role and made important contributions to Sudan's economic and social development. Sudan hopes to strengthen strategic coordination with China, continuously expand bilateral cooperation in such fields as economy, culture, education and sports, deepen cooperation on infrastructure under the Belt and Road Initiative and push for greater development of bilateral relations.

Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi elaborated on Sudan's stance on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue and briefed on the upcoming international conference on supporting Sudan's transition to be held in Paris.

Wang Yi congratulated Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi on her assuming office as foreign minister. He said that the political transition in Sudan is progressing steadily and external obstacles to development are gradually being removed. China has always viewed and developed its relations with Sudan from a long-term perspective and will remain committed to developing strategic partnership with the country.

Wang Yi said that China will firmly support the Sudanese people in exploring a development path in line with its own national conditions, bolster up Sudan in safeguarding its national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, oppose any external forces' interference in Sudan's internal affairs, and continue to speak out for Sudanese friends on international occasions. He appreciated Sudan's unequivocal support for China on major issues related to China's Xinjiang, Hong Kong and human rights. We will work together to safeguard each other's legitimate interests as well as the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries. China encourages and supports competent Chinese enterprises to invest and start business in Sudan and supports Sudan in actively participating in the joint building of the Belt and Road, so as to open up new prospects for bilateral cooperation. China will send delegates to attend the international conference on supporting Sudan's transition to be held in Paris, France, and stands ready to continue to help and support Sudan in thoroughly defeating COVID-19.

Regarding the GERD issue, Wang Yi said that dialogue and consultation is the best solution, adding that China supports the three countries involved in finding a mutually beneficial solution through friendly consultation and stands ready to continue to play a constructive role in this respect.

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