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Jinping invites Sudan’s Bashir to visit China

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June 3, 2015 (KHARTOUM) The Chinese president Xi Jinping has invited his Sudanese counterpart Omer al-Bashir to visit Beijing, announced the Chinese environment minister, Chen Jining.

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Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir reviews the Chinese military honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (AP)

Minister Jining who led the Chinese delegation to the inauguration of president Bashir met with the latter on Wednesday evening.

After the meeting the Chinese minister told reporters that the extended an invitation from president Jining to Bashir to visit China.

The minister said they discussed a number of issues of common interest in all fields and ways to develop relations between the two countries. He further expressed his confidence that bilateral ties would continue to progress during the new term of president Bashir.

Bashir’s last visit to China was in June 2011, where he reached Beijing after a delay of 24 hours due to last-minute change of his flight itinerary.

The Sudanese president has an outstanding arrest warrant against him by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and genocide he allegedly masterminded in Sudan’s region of Darfur.

In statement to the official news agency SUNA, the spokesperson of the Sudanese presidency Mohamed Hatim Suleiman said president Bashir has accepted the invitation to visit China, adding that the later attaches special attention to the historical relations between the two countries.

Suleiman further said the president praised the strong bilateral relations and expressed his appreciation to China for its participation in the swearing-in ceremony and its support for Sudan in different forums.

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