The visiting Chinese government delegation headed by Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming today signed an agreement in Eritrea to enable government officials from both sides to undertake visits to and from without a visa.
The agreement was signed by FM Osman Saleh and Mr. Zhang Ming in a view to further strengthening existing Eritrean-Chinese relations.
The two sides later conducted discussion on the Eritrean – Chinese relations and developments, as well as the objective regional and international situation.
Mr. Osman noted that relations between Eritrea and the People’s Republic of China date back to the days of the Eritrean armed struggle for independence.
He further indicated that the PRC is among the states that established diplomatic ties with Eritrea, and that efforts are being made to further develop such relations to the highest level.
Minister Zhang Ming on his part stated that the People’s Republic of China considers Eritrea as a strategic partner in the Horn of Africa. He went to explain that his country is keen to reinforce the prevailing relations.
In remarks he made to ERINA, the PRC official expressed conviction that the cooperation agreements would be implemented on time and that the PRC would exert the necessary effort to further enhance Eritrean-Chinese ties.