Chinese President Calls for Greater Cooperation with Ethiopia

Photo: Hailemariam Desalegn and Chinese President Xi

Addis Ababa, March 30, 2013(WIC) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said that his country is ready to boost cooperation with Ethiopia.

Xi made the remarks yesterday during meetings with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Durban, South Africa.

Xi said China and Ethiopia follow similar development concepts and hold identical stances on many major global and regional issues.

China, he said, is ready to intensify bilateral exchanges on national governance and consolidate practical cooperation so as to bring tangible benefits to both peoples and safeguard the common interests of developing countries.

Xi also congratulated Hailemariam on his being elected as the new rotating chairperson of the African Union (AU), saying that China values the role of the regional body and will make concerted efforts with Ethiopia to further enhance China-AU and China-Africa ties.

On his part PM Hailemariam said that Ethiopia treasures the traditional friendship with China, regards China as a partner of and role model for development, and stands ready to cooperate with China on international and African affairs.

The prime minister added that Ethiopia hopes to expand bilateral cooperation so as to improve the country’s infrastructure and promote its socioeconomic development.
The meetings were held on the sidelines of the fifth summit of BRICS, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Following the summit, leaders from BRICS and African countries held a dialogue forum to promote cooperation between the vibrant group and the promising continent.