Tuesday, May 05, 2009

China, Eritrea Pledge to Boost Bilateral Ties

China, Eritrea pledge to boost bilateral ties

ASMARA, May 5 (Xinhua) -- China and Eritrea on Tuesday pledged to boost bilateral ties and cooperation in various fields when top officials of the two friendly countries met in the capital of Eritrea.

During his meeting with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, Wang Jiarui, visiting head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said that the Chinese ruling party and government attaches great importance to deepening exchange and cooperation in various fields with Eritrea.

"China would like to work together with Eritrea to inject more vigor to the development of the bilateral ties," the senior CPC official added.

For his part, Afwerki noted that his country regards China as a trustworthy friend and holds high expectation for the deepening and expanding of the bilateral ties between the two ruling parties and countries.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international affairs of common concerns.

Wang also held talks on Tuesday with Yemane Gebreab, head of political affairs of the People's Front for Democracy and Justice of Eritrea, on the friendly cooperation between the two ruling parties, as well as the efforts to enrich the new Sino-African strategic partnership.

Also present at the meetings were Wang's delegation and Shu Zhan, Chinese ambassador to Eritrea, as well as other senior officials of the Eritrean ruling party.

Wang and his delegation were scheduled to leave here on Wednesday for the next stop of this trip in Ghana.

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