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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Béatrice Attalah of Madagascar

On July 28, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with Foreign Minister Béatrice Attalah of Madagascar, who was in China to attend the Sherpa Meeting on Implementing Outcomes of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Johannesburg Summit.

Wang Yi said that China and Madagascar enjoy a long-standing friendship, and bilateral relations have smoothly developed since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. China appreciates Madagascar for upholding the justice and publicly supporting China's just stance on the South China Sea issue. China is willing to make joint efforts with Madagascar and take the implementation of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit outcomes as an opportunity to jointly build the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and focus on carrying out mutually beneficial cooperation in the five major areas of agricultural modernization, infrastructure construction, energy resource development, processing and manufacturing industries and industrial park development, as well as marine economy, so as to open up a new prospect of China-Madagascar cooperation.

Béatrice Attalah thanked China's support to the political reconciliation process and economic and social development of Madagascar, and appreciated China's initiative of holding the Sherpa Meeting on Implementing Outcomes of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit. She expressed that Madagascar firmly devotes itself to the friendly cooperation between the two countries, and will strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with China in such areas as economy and trade, investment and marine economy. The country welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest and start business in Madagascar.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional topics of common interests.

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