Wang Yi Meets with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie
2024/06/11

On June 10, 2024 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie in Nizhny Novgorod.

Noting that Ethiopia is an influential African nation and the seat of the African Union headquarters, Wang Yi said Ethiopia's peace and stability are of great significance to the region. Over the past two years, Ethiopia has made orderly progress in its domestic peace process, and made remarkable achievements in economic and social development. Wang Yi expressed his belief that the Ethiopian government and people will achieve even greater success on the path of peace, development, and prosperity. China-Ethiopia relations have maintained a good momentum of development, with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali maintaining strategic communication and reaching a series of important common understandings, particularly the decision to elevate bilateral relations to an all-weather strategic partnership, opening broad prospects for future cooperation. Guided by the important common understandings of the leaders, China is willing to deepen the all-weather friendship, expand cooperation in various fields, and promote more achievements in bilateral relations, benefiting the people of both countries.

Noting Ethiopia's deep friendship with China, Taye Atske Selassie said the elevation of bilateral relations to an all-weather strategic partnership is warmly welcomed by the Ethiopian government and people. China is Ethiopia's largest source of foreign investment and export destination, and bilateral cooperation has strongly promoted Ethiopia's economic and social development. Ethiopia is willing to learn from China's development experience and work with other African countries to promote greater development in China-Africa cooperation. He said Ethiopia appreciates and supports the three major global initiatives proposed by President Xi Jinping, recognizing their milestone significance and expressing willingness to actively participate in relevant cooperation to promote their implementation.

Both sides agreed to continue firmly supporting each other in safeguarding sovereignty and development interests, upgrading practical cooperation, strengthening coordination in international and regional affairs, and making objective, balanced, and constructive voices on hotspot issues.