(VNS) Viet Nam News introduces an article by Adil Ibrahim Mustafa Ahmed, Sudan Ambassador to Viet Nam, as his country prepares for its National Day on January 1.On the first of January every year, Sudan celebrates the commemoration of Independence Day, which took place in the year 1956 after a long and painstaking struggle for freedom by the fathers of independence who sacrificed all they had in order to preserve freedom for the pro-independence generation.
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This year's celebration comes while the entire world and the region in particular are going through a number of political and economic changes. During 2012, Sudan witnessed highly important and unique developments that reflected the efforts of the Government of Sudan, together with the Government of South Sudan, to address the relations between the two Sudans. The efforts in this regard resulted in the signing of the Co-operation Agreement between the two countries on September 27 in Addis Ababa.
The agreement covered most of the disputed issues such as oil and related matters, the status of the other country and border demarcation, as well as trade related issues.
The Government of Sudan is moving forward with very strong determination to address all these issues in co-operation with the Government of South Sudan, African Union, the Arab league, the UN and all friendly countries. Regarding the Darfur crisis, many steps have been taken during 2012 towards the implementation of a Doha peace agreement.
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A number of consequent meetings and consultations were held between the government and different political powers in order to implement the agreement. The building of regional power structures in Darfur was also completed this year.
Speaking about the Viet Nam-Sudan relationship, the year 2012 was to some extent satisfactory in terms of the development of the two countries' relationship.
A number of official visits were exchanged between the ministries and governmental administrations in the two countries. The most notable one was the visit of the Minister of Communications of Sudan to Viet Nam as well as the visit of the General Director of Customs Administration of Sudan to Viet Nam.
Another major and highly important event in the two countries' relations was the establishment of the Sudanese Honorary Consulate in HCM City. This move shows that the Sudan government sees a bright future for its relationship with Viet Nam.
By establishing the Honorary Consulate in HCM City, the Sudan government aims to expand and deepen the two countries' relations in all fields, especially commercial and cultural areas; we believe without such people-to-people contacts, relations will not be able to grow and flourish.
Beside what has been mentioned above, in 2012 the two countries continued their co-operation in the agriculture and oil sector. The follow-up reports from Sudanese authorities consistently appreciate Vietnamese technical and practical expertise and we think the coming year will witness more and more co-operation, especially in the agricultural sector.
Lastly, I would like to extend my best wishes for both Vietnamese and Sudanese people, especially those who live here in Viet Nam, to have a pleasant and prosperous year full of happiness, heath and wealth, and I wish for more advancement in all fields of co-operation between Viet Nam and Sudan. — VNS