Senior Advisor to Sudanese President Dr Nafe Ali Nafe on Wednesday underscored the need for close co-operation and friendly ties between Pakistan and Sudan. He was speaking to media persons after signing memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Sudanese ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Qauaid (PML-Q) aiming at close political co-operation. The MoU was signed by PML-Q Secretary-General Mushahid Hussain Syed and NCP Vice President Dr Nafe Ali Nafe. Dr Nafe, who is visiting Pakistan to represent his country in Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) with a status of observer, appreciated the government of Pakistan's endeavour for the collective efforts to cope with the challenges being faced by the third world countries. He said Sudan and the African nations were facing the same challenges being faced by Pakistan and other South Asian countries, adding it needed collective efforts to cope with those challenges. Referring to Pak-Sudan ties, he stressed the need for further deepening not only state-to-state relation, but also the people-to-people contacts. Speaking on the occasion, Mushahid Hussain Syed said Pakistan and Sudan enjoyed good and friendly relations, saying there was a need for institutionalised the existing ties between the two countries so that the two countries were able to expand their co-operation in various fields. He said Sudan being an important country of the African Federation could play a pivotal role in the world politics. Referring to the Asian Parliamentary Assembly in which, he said the elected representatives of the people of Asia in 41 member and 17 observer countries participated, was a great achievement.