Senior Eritrean delegation comprising Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Advisor Mr. Yemane Gebreab is on a working visit to the People’s Republic of China at an invitation from Chinese Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi.
On 18 April, the delegation held extensive discussions with the Chinese Foreign Minister on various issues and particularly as regards reinforcing the existing bilateral ties of cooperation between the two countries, strengthening China-Africa relationship and that of China and the Horn of Africa as well as on regional and international issues that are of mutual interest to both countries.
During the meeting, Minister Osman stressed on the final and binding EEBC ruling of 2002, the unjust and illegal sanctions imposed on Eritrea as well as on Eritrea-China economic partnership.
The Chinese Foreign Minister, Mr. Wang Yi on his part gave extensive briefing as regards the cooperation programs mapped out during the China-Africa summit of heads of state which was held in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and expressed his country’s conviction to strengthen cooperation and partnership with Eritrea in all sectors.
Mr. Wang Yi also reaffirmed that his country will raise the issue of sanctions imposed on Eritrea in the UN and will stand alongside Eritrea on various sectors of cooperation.
In its stay in the People’s Republic of China until 22 April, the Eritrean delegation will meet higher Chinese government and party officials.
Wang Yi Holds Talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh of Eritrea
On April 18, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh of Eritrea, who was on an official visit to China.
Wang Yi said that China-Eritrea relations maintain a sustained and healthy development with mutual understanding and support on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns. Both countries have forged a profound friendship.
China is willing to, together with Eritrea, take the implementation of outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as an opportunity to intensify political exchanges, strengthen cooperation and planning, give priority to mutually beneficial cooperation in such fields as mining, agriculture, fishery, tourism, poverty reduction, infrastructure construction and human resource development, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and intensify coordination in international and regional affairs, so as to elevate China-Eritrea relations to new highs.
Osman Saleh said that Eritrea thanked China for its long-term support and assistance. Both countries share high-level political mutual trust and huge potential in mutually beneficial cooperation in economy and trade.
The Eritrean side hopes to, together with China, strengthen friendly cooperation in various fields, gain more benefits from the implementation of outcomes of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit, and constantly elevate the level of bilateral cooperation.
The country expects China to play a greater role in African and global affairs, and work with Eritrea to jointly safeguard the interests of the two countries as well as developing countries.
Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern.