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China, Djibouti vow to further strengthen bilateral relations

China and Djibouti have vowed to further strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields.

This came on Tuesday when visiting Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao met and held talks with Djiboutian Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed in Djibouti on ways of further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Li, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, noted that China and Djibouti have been enjoying fruitful cooperation in various fields.

China and Djibouti have maintained long-term friendship, he said. Since the two countries forged diplomatic relations 37 years ago, the two sides have always treated each other with sincerity, helped each other and achieved fruitful cooperation in various fields, said Li.

China appreciates Djibouti’s unwavering support for China in issues related to China’s core interests on the international stage, said Li.

The vice president further said that China and Djibouti have valuable development opportunities ahead in terms of cooperation.

He expressed China’s willingness to consolidate mutual political trust with Djibouti and actively implement the outcome of the Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held last December, as well as the consensus reached between the two heads of state during the summit.

Cooperation between the two countries in the areas of infrastructure, talent training and people’s livelihoods will be enhanced, to promote greater development in China-Djibouti relations, he said.

The CPC is ready to work with Djibouti’s People’s Rally for Progress to deepen inter-party exchanges and cooperation and promote the development of state-to-state relations, he said.

Kamil said that Djibouti is very satisfied with the friendly relations and cooperation with China. He also expressed deep gratitude to the selfless assistance provided by China over a long time.

Under the framework of 10 major China-Africa cooperation plans proposed by President Xi Jinping during the FOCAC Johannesburg summit and the Belt and Road Initiative, Djibouti hopes to strengthen cooperation with China in areas including infrastructure, energy and industrial park construction, Kamil said.

Djibouti will, as always, adhere to the one China policy, said the prime minister.

The prime minister said that the People’s Rally for Progress hopes to strengthen exchanges at all levels with the CPC and learn from its successful experience.


Source: Xinhua|12 November 2016

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