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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia Meets with Wang Yi

On January 3, 2019 local time, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Addis Ababa.

Abiy Ahmed Ali asked Wang Yi to convey his warm regards to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Abiy Ahmed Ali noted that Chinese Foreign Minister's visit to Ethiopia at the beginning of the new year let the world witness that China is a true friend of Ethiopia and the African people. China has made positive contributions to the development of Ethiopia and African countries. Chinese enterprises have undertaken most of the infrastructure projects in Ethiopia, creating tens of thousands of jobs for the local community and vigorously promoting the economic and social development of Ethiopia. I admire China's long-term vision and strategic thinking in national development planning. I hope to strengthen exchanges and learning with China, comprehensively develop friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, further promote bilateral trade and investment cooperation, and at the same time, carry out cooperation in such fields as scientific and technological innovation concerning the future development of the world. Abiy Ahmed Ali said that Ethiopia firmly adheres to the one-China policy and actively supports the Belt and Road Initiative. I am very happy and ready to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China.

Wang Yi conveyed the greetings from the Chinese leaders to Abiy Ahmed Ali. Wang Yi expressed that China and Ethiopia are close friends and strategic partners, and the unbreakable China-Ethiopia friendship has withstood the test of international vicissitudes. The Chinese side supports Ethiopia in following a development path that suits its national conditions and is supported by its people. It is believed that under your leadership, Ethiopia will surely overcome temporary difficulties and successfully move toward industrialization and modernization. In this process, China will firmly be the most reliable and lasting cooperative partner of Ethiopia, and will do its utmost to provide support and assistance within its capacity for Ethiopia's development and revitalization.

Wang Yi said that Ethiopia is China's important cooperative partner of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative on the African continent. It is believed that strengthening the cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative between China and Ethiopia will not only open up new prospects for China-Ethiopia relations, but will also boost cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative between China and Africa. It is hoped that both sides will make joint efforts to speed up the organic combination of the implementation of the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and bilateral cooperation plans, so as to elevate China-Ethiopia relations to new stages under the new situation.

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