|ETHIOPIA, CHINA PLEDGE TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN BILATERAL RELATIONS|
ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and visiting Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao pledged here on Thursday to further strengthen relations between the two countries.
In his talks with the Chinese vice president, Hailemariam said that China’s long-term and selfless assistance has played an important part in Ethiopia’s pursuit for development and prosperity, as evidenced by the many joint projects all around Ethiopia that are mutually beneficial to both sides.
Ethiopia is grateful that Chinese President Xi Jinping attaches great importance to Ethiopia-China relations, Hailemariam said, adding that his country is committed to working with China to elevate bilateral relations to a new height.
Hailemariam, who is also Chairman of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), said the EPRDF hopes to learn more from the experience of the Communist Party of China in state governance.
For his part, the Chinese vice president hailed the remarkable achievements made by Ethiopia under the leadership of the EPRDF over the past 25 years.
In recent years, both China and Ethiopia have continuously maintained healthy development and the two countries have firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests and major concerns, Li said.
He said that China will work with Ethiopia to implement the important consensus reached between the heads of state of the two countries, and the outcome of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held last December in Johannesburg, South Africa.
China stands ready to work with Ethiopia to maintain the momentum in high-level exchanges, push forward industrial capacity cooperation and cultural and people to people exchanges, enhance coordination in international affairs, and further deepen the China-Ethiopia comprehensive cooperative partnership, Li said.
Li added that the Communist Party of China is willing to deepen inter-party cooperation with the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, share experience in state governance and steer bilateral relations toward new achievements.