Tuesday, October 05, 2004

:: Xinhuanet - Iran voices support to Sudan's unity

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Iran voices support to Sudan's unity

www.chinaview.cn 2004-10-05 16:14:59

KHARTOUM, Oct. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami announced here Monday that his country supports Sudan to restoreunity and safety, local newspaper Rayaam reported Tuesday.During his meeting with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir,Khatami affirmed his support to the efforts exerted by the Sudanese government with all Sudanese political powers for the realization of peace and national unity.

He described the peace steps taken to solve the conflict in southern Sudan as brave.

For his part, Bashir expressed belief that peace in Sudan has become in sight, stressing that the peace process occupies a distinctive position in Sudan's strategy.

He claimed that the security and humanitarian situation in the western region of Darfur is under his government's control. Bashir vowed to continue cooperation with the African Union to find a comprehensive resolution to the Darfur crisis despite recent UN Security Council's "frustrating" resolution on the issue. Bashir also expressed his satisfaction over the relations between Sudan and Iran, asserting that Sudan stands by Iran andsupports its right to use nuclear power.

Following the meeting ,the two sides signed a package of commercial and economic cooperation agreements.

The Iranian president arrived here Monday afternoon to pay a three-day visit to Sudan within the framework of a regional tour which has taken him to Algeria and will take him to Oman later. During his stay here, Khatami will hold more talks with Bashir and other senior government officials."

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