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Wang Yi Meets with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen Hassen

2022-09-20 22:20

On September 19, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen Hassen on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi said, China and Ethiopia are comprehensive strategic cooperative partners with mutual trust. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations over half a century ago, no matter how the international landscape evolves, bilateral relations have always moved forward with sound and steady development. Mutual trust has kept deepening and pragmatic cooperation has been at the forefront of China-Africa cooperation. China highly appreciates Ethiopia's adherence to the one-China principle and its firm stand with China on issues concerning China's core interests. China will also continue to uphold justice on issues concerning Ethiopia's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. China attaches great importance to deepening and carrying forward mutual trust and friendship with Ethiopia and stands ready to make joint efforts to elevate the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries to new levels.

Demeke Mekonnen Hassen expressed that he thanked Mr. Foreign Minister for his visit to Ethiopia last year at a time when Ethiopia was in difficulties. Ethiopia cherishes the deep and strong friendship with China, and is ready to strengthen the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and carry out all-round cooperation with China, and hopes that China will increase support for Ethiopia's personnel training. Ethiopia definitely agrees with the principle of non-interference in internal affairs and will continue to stand firmly with China.

Demeke Mekonnen Hassen briefed on Ethiopia's commitment to advancing the peace talks on the northern conflict, and spoke highly of China's proposal on the "Outlook on Peace and Development in the Horn of Africa".

Wang Yi said, China appreciates Ethiopia's efforts for peace and supports Ethiopia in independently handling its own affairs. China will continue to provide assistance within its capacity to Ethiopia in dealing with temporary difficulties and jointly uphold the principle of non-interference in internal affairs. China appreciates Ethiopia's active support for the "Outlook on Peace and Development in the Horn of Africa" and supports Ethiopia's proposal for the institutionalization of the Horn of Africa Peace Conference. China is ready to maintain close communication with all parties to encourage regional countries to build common ground, independently handle regional affairs and advance the process of regional integration.

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