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Sudan celebrates nationhood

Update: January, 05/2012 - 10:06

Message from Sudanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Adil Ibrahim Mustafa Ahmed, on his country's National Day.

Sudanese Ambassador Adil Ibrahim Mustafa Ahmed
On the first of January every year, the Sudanese celebrate the commemoration of Independence Day, which was achieved in the year 1956 after a long and painstaking struggle for freedom.

This year's celebration comes while the entire world and the region in particular is going through a number of political and economic changes. Sudan is no exception. During the last year, Sudan witnessed a highly important and unique event – the secession of the southern part of the country, where the majority of the southern people voted for an independent state after a referendum in January. Consequently, on July 9, 2011 the state of South Sudan was formally recognised. President Omar El Bashir affirmed in his speech delivered on the occasion that Sudan's recognition of the new state expressed the strong commitment of the government of Sudan to the referendum's result and the choice of the people of South Sudan.

In regard to the Darfur crisis, a major breakthrough was made when the government of Sudan signed a peace agreement with the Liberation and Justice Movement in Doha – The State of Qatar. A number of subsequent meetings and consultations were held later between the government and different political powers in order to achieve national reconciliation.

On the subject of Viet Nam-Sudan relations, last year was to some extent satisfactory for both sides in terms of the two countries' development. Among the most notable official exchanges was the visit of Deputy Foreign Minister Doan Xuan Hung of Viet Nam to Khartoum in June 2011, as special envoy of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to Omer Hassan Al-Basher, president of Sudan.

 

Sudanese Ambassador Adil Ibrahim Mustafa Ahmed
Another major and highly important event in the two countries' relations was the establishment of the Sudanese Honorary Consulate in HCM City. This move is testament to the close relations between Sudan and Viet Nam. Our goal, beyond the establishment of the Honorary Consulate in HCM City is to expand and deepen the two counties' relations in all fields, especially commercial and cultural.

During the first three months after our consul took up her duties, she organised a trip for businessmen from the biggest Vietnamese enterprises to Sudan where they met governmental officials and discussed investment opportunities in Sudan.

Meanwhile, the two countries have continued to co-operate in agriculture and oil. Sudanese authorities appreciate Viet Nam's technical and practical expertise, which bodes well for the future.

Lastly, I would like to extend my best wishes to both the Vietnamese and the Sudanese people, especially those who live here in Viet Nam. — VNS

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