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President Hu Jintao Meets with President of Zanzibar Karume

2009/02/15

On February 15, 2009, Chinese President Hu Jintao met in Dar es Salaam with President Amani Abeid Karume of Zanzibar.

Hu said this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-Tanzania diplomatic relations. Over the past 45 years, the two countries have always sincerely treated and assisted each other with friendly cooperative ties developing smoothly. China always deems Tanzania an all-weather cooperative partner. The Tanzanian leaders attach importance to developing friendly cooperative relations with China and have actively pushed forward friendly cooperation in all areas, which China highly appreciates.

The Chinese president lauded Zanzibar's economic and social progress, saying that China’s ties with Zanzibar constituted an important part of China-Tanzania relations. Over the years, China and Zanzibar have maintained close high-level exchanges with deepening friendship and cooperation between both sides, which strongly promotes the development of China-Tanzania relations. The economic and trade cooperation has made continuous new progress with deepening cooperation in infrastructure construction, education and public health. China would continue to provide assistance to Zanzibar. China will encourage businesses with strong capacities to invest in Zanzibar, and support efforts by the Zanzibar government to promote economic and social development and improve the livelihood of its people, Hu said.

Karume warmly welcomed President Hu’s visit to Tanzania, saying that China enjoys long-standing friendly cooperative relations with Tanzania. He said Zanzibar values its relations with China and appreciates its assistance in economy, society, public health, education and culture. Inspired by China's achievements, Zanzibar would like to learn from China and boost bilateral pragmatic cooperation in economy, trade, tourism and infrastructure, Karume said.

Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo attended the meeting.

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