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China ready to expand practical cooperation, promote people-to-people exchanges with Ethiopia: Vice President

Addis Ababa, May 26, 2023 (FBC) – Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen, met today with Chinese Vice President Han Zheng in Beijing.

Noting that Ethiopia and China are comprehensive strategic partners of cooperation, Han expressed appreciation to Ethiopia for resolutely supporting China in safeguarding core interests.

China also firmly supports Ethiopia in consolidating unity and peace and realizing economic recovery, Han said, adding that China stands ready to work with Ethiopia to jointly build a Belt and Road of high quality, expand practical cooperation, and promote people-to-people exchanges.

Demeke expressed his appreciation for China’s strong support for Ethiopia in restoring peace and responding to challenges, adding that Ethiopia is willing to actively participate in the implementation of China’s important initiatives.

Ethiopia regards China as an important partner in achieving its independent development goals, hopes to continue to receive China’s support in areas including post-war reconstruction and economic development, and welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in Ethiopia, Demeke said.

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