|Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with His Sudanese Counterpart Karti|
On December 8, 2010, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with his visiting Sudanese counterpart Ahmed Ali Karti in Beijing. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on pushing forward bilateral ties and other issues of common concern.
Yang said that China and Sudan share traditional friendship and bilateral relations have been developing very well. China is ready to work with Sudan to push for comprehensive, in-depth development of bilateral cooperation in all areas.
Yang reiterated China’s commitment to supporting Sudan's peace process, stressing that maintaining peace, stability and development of Sudan was of pivotal importance under the current situation. "The concerned parties should resolve disputes through dialogue and consultation and work together to promote a smooth referendum in southern Sudan," said Yang. He also voiced the call for the referendum to be conducted in a "fair, free and transparent" way to reflect the true aspirations and choice of the Sudanese people. Realizing long-term peaceful coexistence between the north and south of Sudan and promoting their common development served the fundamental interests of the two sides and would also contribute to peace and stability of the region, Yang noted.
Karti said Sudan highly values its friendly and cooperative ties with China in various fields, pledging that the Sudanese government would adhere to its commitment to promoting peace and national reconciliation and earnestly implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in a bid to achieve long-term peace, stability and development of Sudan.