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China and Egypt Hold the First Consultation on African Affairs

2019/07/30

On July 30, 2019, Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Dai Bing held the first consultation on African affairs with Assistant Foreign Minister for African Union (AU) Affairs Khaled Ibrahim Saaed Omara and Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Abu Bakr Hefny Mahmoud of Egypt in Cairo. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on their respective policies towards and cooperation with Africa, China-AU relations, hotspot issues in Africa, trilateral cooperation in Africa and other topics. H.E. Liao Liqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Egypt, and others attended the consultation.

Dai Bing noted that Egypt, as a major African country and the current AU rotating chair, has significant influence on African affairs. China and Egypt enjoy a traditional friendship and share similar stance on African issues. Strengthening exchanges and cooperation between China and Egypt on African affairs is not only conducive to forging synergies and better promoting peace and development in Africa, but also to increasing political mutual trust between both countries and facilitating the development of bilateral relations.

Khaled Ibrahim Saaed Omara and Abu Bakr Hefny Mahmoud noted, China is a good friend and good partner of African countries. Egypt and China enjoy close relations and Africa-China cooperation has yielded fruitful outcomes. Egypt firmly supports Africa-China friendly cooperation, and the African continent highly recognizes China's sincerity and positive achievements in promoting Africa-China mutually beneficial cooperation. The Egyptian side is ready to hold consultation with the Chinese side on African affairs on a regular basis, promote communication and coordination between the two sides on African issues, and promote trilateral cooperation in Africa to jointly support Africa in achieving stability and development.

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