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Wang Yi Meets with Minister of External Relation and Cooperation Arif Sayed Hassan of Comoros

2014/06/07

On June 6, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Minister of External Relation and Cooperation Arif Sayed Hassan of Comoros in Beijing.

Hassan extended congratulations on the complete success of the sixth ministerial meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), and expressed that Comoros highly appreciates the various plans and initiatives proposed by the Chinese side. Since China is talking with its heart, Comoros should also treat it with sincerity and respond with heart, and make efforts to enhance Comoros-China and Arab-China friendly relations in a constant way.

Hassan said that since the independence of Comoros, China has been giving it help in political, economic and other aspects. Comoros is willing to continue mutual support with China in international organizations and other multilateral occasions, and hopes to strengthen bilateral cooperation in infrastructure construction, farming and fishery, seafloor oil gas, solar energy, personnel training and other aspects.

Wang Yi thanked Comoros for its contributions to promoting China-Arab and China-Africa relations, and expressed that though China and Comoros are distant from each other, the two countries enjoy profound friendship. China is the first country that recognized Comoros’s independence and established the diplomatic relationship with it. Both sides have always respected each other, treated each other as equals, and helped each other. As a good friend of Comoros, China has always unswervingly supported Comoros’s efforts in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will as always provide help within its power for the economic and social development of Comoros. Comoros is not only a member of the League of Arab States (LAS), but also a member of African countries. Therefore, China and Comoros can intensify cooperation within the two mechanism frameworks of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and China-Africa Cooperation Forum. Just now, you mentioned that Comoros boasts resources and development prospects in many fields. The Chinese side wishes Comoros to fully utilize abundant resources and to realize self-development. Also, the Chinese side stands ready to strengthen cooperation with Comoros in these fields, so as to constantly elevate the level of China-Comoros cooperation.

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