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Al Bashir to Join Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing

(Devdiscourse) - The Sudanese President Omer Al Bashir has got an invitation from the Chinese President Xi Jinping

to join the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing in September 2018
Al Bashir on Wednesday met with the Chinese Ambassador to Khartoum Li Lianhe who gave him a written letter from the Chinese President.
In the meeting, Al Bashir mentioned his country’s relations with China as strategic, saying Sudan posed as China’s gateway to Africa.
Al Bashir mentioned his country’s relations with China as strategic, saying Sudan posed as China’s gateway to Africa.
He signals out that has implemented a number of projects in Sudan, saying his country would also get advantage from the Silk Road Project Initiative.
The Chinese envoy emphasizes his country’s keenness to increase relations and enhance cooperation with Sudan in all fields to achieve joint interests.
He articulated his confidence that relations between Sudan and China will witness further progress in the future, praising Sudan’s efforts to promote China’s relations with the African countries.
In September 2015, Al Bashir took part in China’s celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Last April, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry stated the Chinese President has accepted an invitation extended to him by al-Bashir to visit Sudan during this year.
It has invested more than USD 20 billion in Sudan mostly in the oil sector during the past two decades. Beijing provides low-interest loans and weapons transfers in return for oil.
Sudan expects to attract new Chinese investments after Beijing had refrained from implementing a number of projects agreed upon with Khartoum following the latter’s failure to settle its debts.
Sudan’s total debt to China is calculated at USD 10 billion, accounting for about one-fifth of Sudan’s estimated USD 53 billion foreign debt.