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Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan Visits Mauritania

2000/11/15


Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan paid a visit to Mauritania from February 15 to 16, 2000.


The President of Mauritania met with Minister Tang and his entourage. During the meeting, Tang conveyed a message from President Jiang Zemin, stating that China set store by the profound and longstanding friendship between the two countries and peoples of China and Mauritania. In the new century, China is ready to further consolidate and strengthen the existing friendly cooperative relations in all fields with Mauritania and make concerted efforts in creating a better future.


The Mauritanian President expressed that he thanks for the cordial and friendly message from President Jiang and asked Mr. Tang to convey his warm greetings to President Jiang. He extended on behalf of the Mauritanian Government and people, their gratitude to the Chinese Government and people for the sincere assistance rendered to Mauritania over the years. He said, Mauritania is prepared to strengthen the friendly relations and cooperation with China in all dimensions. He also expressed his firm support to the great cause of reunification of China and offered his warm congratulations on Macao's return to the motherland. He said, he expected to see Taiwan follow the same path and return to China at the earliest possible date. As regards the "China-Africa Forum for Cooperation-Ministerial Meeting Beijing 2000" proposed and hosted by the Chinese Government, he deemed it an act of significant importance to the strengthening of the Sino-African unity and cooperation. The Mauritanian President expressed his warm welcome and committed positive support to the aforesaid Forum.


Foreign Minister Tang said, China and Mauritania are old friends bound by a common cause and our friendly relations and cooperation are based on mutual trust, equality and mutual support. Under the current complex situation in which the trend of political multi-polarization and economic globalization is developing, China would like to explore together with our old friends a new type of cooperation, which is flexible and diversified and in whatever patterns suitable to both sides so as to push the traditional friendly cooperation to a new high.


During the visit, the Foreign Ministers of the two countries held talks on the bilateral relations and issues of common concern and signed on behalf of their respective governments, a protocol on economic and technological cooperation.


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