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Sudan Looks Forward For Closer Ties Under Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 (Bernama)– Sudan, an important economic partner of Malaysia is looking forward for more closer and stronger ties with Malaysia under the leadership of incoming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Advisor to Sudan President and External Relations Secretary of the ruling Sudan National Congress, Dr Mustafa Osman Ismail said that Khartoum and Kuala Lumpur had enjoyed good relations in a variety of areas for many years and is confident that this would continue under Najib’s administration.

Dr Mustafa said that under Najib’s administration, Sudan is also looking forward to coordinate and cooperate in the regional and international arena such as Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), where both are members and also to bring Muslim countries.

Dr Mustafa said that during a meeting with Najib on the sidelines of the Umno General Assembly yesterday, he had presented a message from Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir that “we are looking forward for more cooperation between Sudan and Malaysia under his leadership” and also cooperation between Umno and the Sudan National Congress”.

“So we are quite sure that the relations between Sudan and Malaysia will continue to develop and more Malaysian companies will come to Sudan for investment and more Malaysian students to Sudan and more Sudanese students to Malaysia,” he told Bernama in an interview at the Sudan Ambassador to Malaysia Nadir Yousif Eltayeb’s residence here today.

Dr Mustafa arrived here on Wednesday to participate in the opening ceremony of the Umno General Assembly along with Dr Nafie Ali Nafie, who is the Senior Assistant to Sudan President and Deputy President of the Sudan National Congress and the Governor of the Khartoum State, Dr Abd Halim Almutaafi.

Dr Mustafa said that bilateral ties have developed rapidly since the time of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, both in the area of economy and politics.

“And I am glad to say that during my period as foreign minister, the first embassy of Sudan was opened in KL and also the first embassy of Malaysia was opened in Khartoum,” said Dr Mustafa who served as Sudan’s foreign minister from Feb 1998 to Sept 2005.

Dr Mustafa said that Sudan was happy to see the investment level of Malaysia and the role played by Petronas in the economic development of Africa’s largest country.

Malaysia is Sudan’s second most important economic partner after China and one of its major investors. Petronas, the national oil corporation, is the largest Malaysian company and a key player in Sudan’s oil and gas industry and currently more than 40 Malaysian companies were operating in Sudan.

While congratulating Umno and the new leadership on behalf of the Sudan National Congress, Dr Mustafa also commended Umno and its members for the success in the peaceful transition of power from Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to Najib adding that such peaceful transition was something rare in many Third World countries.

“This is itself very significant because peaceful transition of governments in (many) Third World are not going that smooth like you see in Malaysia. What we have seen in Malaysia is a good model and good example which Third World countries can adopt,” he said.

He said Malaysia not only succeeded in the area of democracy but also development.

“It is very important…because you cannot isolate development and stability from the process of democracy,” he said.

Dr Mustafa said Sudan more or less was similar to Malaysia — with multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multiracial society.

“But we (Sudan) need to make use of that diversity to strengthen our national unity and use it for our development and stability,” he said.

Source : Bernama

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