On September 18, 2009, Lesotho's Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili met with visiting Assistant Foreign Minister of China Zhai Jun in Maseru, capital of Lesotho.
Mosisili said the hearts of the two peoples are close to each other despite the long distance between the two countries. The bilateral ties have become closer thanks to all-around exchanges at all levels since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. Mosisili voiced his appreciation to the constant assistance provided by the Chinese side, which has contributed to the national development of Lesotho and brought about benefits to the Lesotho people. Mosisili said his government will stick to the one-China policy and expects China to realize reunification at an early date.
Zhai said the bilateral relations have maintained a sound momentum of development since the two countries resumed diplomatic ties in 1994. The two sides enhanced cooperation in the fields of politics, economy and trade, culture and education, and healthcare, and also established closer coordination on international affairs, said Zhai. China will continue to provide assistance and support for the national development of Lesotho to benefit the two peoples with more fruitful cooperation, he added.
During the talks, Zhai also briefed the Lesotho prime minister on the preparation work for the fourth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled for this November. Mosisili said the upcoming FOCAC meeting, an important event in the history of the Chinese-African ties, would definitely promote cooperation in all sectors between the two sides and bring about new hopes for African countries, adding his country would participate in the meeting actively.
Zhai arrived in Maseru on September 18 for a two-day working visit to Lesotho. Before the meeting with Mosisili, Zhai also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa, exchanging opinions on bilateral relations and issues of common concern.