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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Workineh Gebeyehu of Ethiopia

On June 21, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Workineh Gebeyehu of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.

Wang Yi said that Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's attendance at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) this May shows the world that China and Ethiopia are strategic partners in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road". During his visit to China, leaders of both countries announced to upgrade China-Ethiopia relations to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, which reflects the high level of bilateral relations and charts the course for the future development of relations between the two countries.

Wang Yi noted that China-Ethiopia practical cooperation has been walking in the forefront of China-Africa mutually beneficial cooperation with a series of important outcomes. China is willing to take the implementation of the consensus reached by both leaders as the mainline, uphold the idea of the joint construction of the "Belt and Road", and make full use of the leading and demonstrating role of China-Africa production capacity cooperation. The Chinese side stands ready to take the implementation of China-Africa Ten Major Cooperation Plans as an opportunity to enhance political mutual support and deepen practical cooperation in various fields, and take the full operation of Addis Ababa–Djibouti Railway as the lead to forge an economic corridor along it, expand human resource development and cooperation, and enhance communication and coordination on international and regional affairs, in a bid to inject new connotations into bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Workineh Gebeyehu said that Ethiopia-China relations are of great importance and strategic significance. China successfully held the BRF this May, providing important opportunities for the expansion of Ethiopia-China and Africa-China cooperation in various fields. The Ethiopian side is undergoing the economic transformation. Thanking China for its strong support and assistance, the country stands ready to, together with China, implement the consensus reached by leaders of both sides, enhance production capacity cooperation, and expand mutually beneficial cooperation in economy, security, infrastructure, human resources, aviation and other fields, so as to constantly elevate bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to new stages.

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