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Wen Jiabao Meets with Part of African Leaders

2009/11/09

On November 8, local time, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held separate meetings in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, President of the Central Africa Republic Francois Bozize, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Ghanaian Vice President John Dramani Mahama and President of the Gabonese National Assembly Guy Nzouba Ndama on the sidelines of the fourth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

The above African leaders spoke highly of the eight new measures China had announced during the meeting to strengthen China-Africa cooperation, saying these measures would be significant to Africa's coping with global challenges such as the financial crisis and climate change, and to its striving for sustainable development. They also recognized China, through its practical actions to help and support Africa, as a good friend and partner of the African people.

Wen said China committed itself to consolidating solidarity and strengthening cooperation with the African countries, and was willing to work jointly with them to put into practice all cooperative measures to boost common development and advance China-Africa relations.

On November 8, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

When meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Wen said both sides had always based the development of their relations on mutual respect and help. And China appreciated Uganda's firm support for the protection of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. China was willing to discuss ways to expand bilateral cooperation in the fields of importance to the economic construction of the east African country, Wen said.

Museveni expressed gratitude for China's support and assistance to the development of Uganda over the years. The Ugandan side attaches great importance to the friendly cooperative relations with China and welcomes Chinese businesses to invest in Uganda and participate in the country's economic development.

On November 8, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets with President of the Central Africa Republic Francois Bozize in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

During the meeting with President of the Central Africa Republic Francois Bozize, Wen said that their countries' economies were highly complementary and there would be huge potential for cooperation. Both sides should promote communication and negotiation, and make a good selection of major projects so as to steadily advance practical cooperation, Wen said.

Bozize said the Central Africa Republic was confident in cooperating with China and hoped the forum would serve as an opportunity to expand his country's cooperation with China.

On November 8, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets with Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

When meeting with Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Wen described China and Tanzania as "all-weather friends". Wen said China cherished the traditional friendship with Tanzania, and wished to continue high-level exchanges and deepen practical cooperation with Tanzania to better coordinate with each other in international and regional affairs and further boost bilateral relations.

Kikwete said the Tanzanian people cherish special friendly feelings towards China. He hailed the firm basis for the development of bilateral ties. Cooperation with China had truly benefited the Tanzanian people and the country was looking forward to further cooperation with China and welcomed more investment from China, he said.

On November 8, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

During the meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Wen extended appreciation to Kagame's long-term support to China-Africa cooperation. China was willing to promote bilateral trade and investment with Rwanda, developing projects that are closely related to people's livelihood, Wen said. China would also help train talented Rwandans and bring better economic and social benefits to bilateral cooperation.

Kagame said Rwanda had actively committed to enhancing friendly cooperation with China and wished to carry out exchanges and cooperation with China in such key areas as agriculture, infrastructure construction and education.

On November 8, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets with Ghanaian Vice President John Dramani Mahama in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

When meeting with Ghanaian Vice President John Dramani Mahama, Wen said China-Ghana friendship has been carefully nurtured and promoted by generations of leaders of the two countries and it has withstood the tests of time and changing international situation. Wen expressed China's wish to take the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Ghana, which is set to come next year, as a chance to bring friendly cooperation to a new height.

Mahama said Ghana and China enjoy friendly and close relations and China is a genuine friend and partner of the Ghanaian people. Ghana looks forward to strengthened high-level exchanges and practical cooperation with China to make bilateral cooperation more fruitful.

On November 8, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets with President of the Gabonese National Assembly Guy Nzouba Ndama in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

In his meeting with President of the Gabonese National Assembly Guy Nzouba Ndama, the Chinese premier said Gabon was a close friend and important partner of China in Africa. China attaches great importance to developing ties with Gabon and would like to work with the country's new government to forge ahead while inheriting the traditions of the past to further develop bilateral ties.

Ndama said the Gabonese people always saw China as a great friend. He also pledged efforts of the new government to carry on the traditional friendship, the principle of mutual support and close cooperation with China.

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