Khartoum Pleads Beijing to Exempt Sudan of its Debts

Foreign Affairs Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq said that the Sudan of revolution and awareness realizes the importance of the relationship with China and the need to activate it in a way that serves common interests.

Khartoum: Altaghyeer

Khartoum has pleaded Beijing to exempt Sudan of its debts to China that are currently hampering its economic progress.

On Sunday, Foreign Affairs Minister, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, made a phone call to her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

The minister invited her Chinese counterpart to participate in the Paris conference scheduled for mid-May, seeking relief for Sudan’s debts impeding its economic progress.

The call also discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to support and develop them in various fields.

The Sudanese minister gave an explanation of the developments in the situation in Sudan, especially the files of the Renaissance Dam and the Paris conference.

It also reviewed Sudan’s official position on the dam, which calls for the necessity of reaching a binding agreement.

Response from Beijing

The Minister affirmed Sudan’s rejection of any unilateral action regarding the second filling, and its keenness to achieve the interests of all parties in accordance with legal obligations and rules of international law.

Al-Mahdi also stressed on the danger going through the second filling without an agreement, and called on Beijing to put pressure on Ethiopia and support Sudan’s demands.

For his part, the Chinese Foreign Minister expressed his understanding of Sudan’s position on the Renaissance Dam.

He pointed to the importance of reaching an agreement as soon as possible, and stressed China’s participation at a high level in the Paris conference.

Yi pointed out that his country views positively the possibility to exempt Sudan of its debts or exempting part of it.

The Chinese minister praised the bilateral relations between the two countries and the cooperation at the economic, cultural and political levels.

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