Senior Chinese official Zhou Yongkang met Wednesday with a delegation from Sudan's ruling National Congress party and called for more cooperation in agriculture between the two countries.
Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, congratulated Deputy President of the National Congress Nafi'a Ali Nafi'a on his party's success in the first multi-party elections in the country since 1986.
Zhou, who visited Sudan last year, said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties more than 50 years ago, the two countries had maintained close political, economic and cultural cooperation, especially in the fields of oil and irrigation, which had brought substantial benefits to the two peoples.
He said China was ready to enhance cooperation in agricultural development, mining and railways, so as to advance the long-term, stable and comprehensive development of China-Sudan friendly relations.
Nafi'a said China had always been a true friend of Sudan. He appreciated China's support and contributions to Sudan in the areas of maintaining peace, economic development and the improvement of living standards.
China was the first country that the National Congress of Sudan visited after the general election, Nafi'a said. The visit was aimed at enhancing relations and cooperation between the two parties and the two countries.
He welcomed more Chinese companies to invest in Sudan, especially in agriculture.