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Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong Visits Senegal and Mauritania

2018/03/13

From March 9 to 12, 2018, Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong visited Senegal and Mauritania. He respectively paid courtesy calls on President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, and met with Foreign Minister Sidiki Kaba of Senegal and Foreign Minister Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih of Mauritania, exchanging in-depth views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern.

Chen Xiaodong expressed that China-Senegal relations and China-Mauritania relations have enjoyed rapid development, and China-Senegal cooperation and China-Mauritania cooperation in various fields have made further headway in recent years. China stands ready to work together with Senegal and Mauritania to intensify high-level exchanges, deepen political mutual trust, and elevate the level of economic and trade cooperation so as to promote bilateral relations for greater development. China is willing to make joint efforts with Senegal, Mauritania and other African members of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to well host the FOCAC Summit this September in a bid to inject new and strong impetus into the development of China-Africa relations in the new era. The robust development of China-Africa cooperation makes certain people feel uncomfortable and they make inappropriate remarks from time to time. However, justice naturally inhabits man's heart and facts speak louder than words. It is believed that China-Africa cooperation will surely continue riding the waves and sailing forward, and making big strides under the joint efforts of both China and Africa. China welcomes Mauritania and other Arab states to attend the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in China this year.

The Senegalese side spoke highly of the bilateral relations and thanked China for providing Senegal with precious support and assistance for its development. Senegal stands ready to further enhance high-level exchanges between the two countries, and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in such fields as infrastructure construction, trade and processing of agricultural products, and development of industrial parks, so as to promote Senegal-China relations for constant and in-depth development. Africa-China cooperation has always been upholding mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results, which has brought tangible benefits to the African side, and been well received by the governments and peoples of the African countries. The Senegalese side will, as always, promote Africa-China cooperation, actively participate in the construction of the FOCAC, and fully support China in well hosting the FOCAC Summit this year.

The Mauritanian side expressed that the country cherishes Mauritania-China friendship, and thanked China for providing it with long-term precious support and selfless assistance. Mauritania is ready to work with China to continue deepening exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and intensify coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, in a bid to constantly elevate bilateral relations to new heights. Mauritania attaches great importance to the FOCAC Summit and the Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum to be held this year, and stands ready to cooperate actively with China to promote Africa-China and Arab-China cooperation for greater development.

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