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Sudan and Mauritania ink 15 cooperation agreements

December 23, 2009 (NOUAKCHOTT) — Sudan and Mauritania signed 15 cooperation agreements between the two countries as Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir concluded a three day visit on Wednesday.

The 15 agreements and memorandum of understanding covering the areas of infrastructure, sports, justice, social protection and the free movement of goods and people between the two countries were signed by the Mauritanian and Sudanese ministers in charge of international cooperation.

These agreements deal with trade, ports facilities, the judiciary, youth and sports. Further, the two countries decided to establish a bank in Mauritania to encourage private investments. Were also signed several agreements between the businessmen of both countries on projects for the establishment of a sugar factory, a five-star hotel and shopping mall in Nouakchott .

During his visit, Bashir inaugurated the new premises of Sudan embassy in the Mauritanian capital. The building was established at an area of 8000 square miles and includes a house of the ambassador and other supplements.

Before to leave for Khartoum, the Sudanese President said that his visit to Mauritania aimed to consolidating the historic and cultural relations between the nations, enhancing the economic and trade cooperation frameworks.

Bashir returned this evening to Khartoum where he was received by the Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and other officials.

The Sudanese president arrived on Monday for his first visit to Mauritania in defiance of an international warrant of arrest issued by the International Criminal Court, for crimes aagaint humanity and war crimes.

Mauritania is not a signatory to the Rome Statute treaty which forms the basis of the ICC