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Ethiopia and China willing to expand bilateral cooperation

Addis Ababa, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen analyzed with China's Vice President Han Zheng on Friday the current cooperation between the two countries and the interest in expanding the trade sector.

Mekonnen, who is visiting Beijing, from May 25 to 28, at the invitation of his counterpart Qin Gang, thanked this country for its strong support to restore peace in Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian deputy prime minister also expressed his Government’s willingness to participate in implementing Chinese initiatives, the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

“Ethiopia considers China a leading partner to achieve its independent development goals and hopes to continue receiving China’s support in areas such as post-war reconstruction and economic development, and welcomes Chinese companies to invest in Ethiopia,” Mekonnen stressed.

Zheng welcomed the African nation’s support for Beijing in safeguarding its fundamental interests.

The Chinese vice president recalled that his country firmly supports Ethiopia in consolidating unity, peace, and economic recovery.

He assured that China is willing to work together to build a high-quality Belt and Road, expand practical cooperation, and promote people-to-people exchanges.