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Li Keqiang attends 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa


05-08-2014 10:32 BJT

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Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has attended the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. He also met with presidents from Tanzania, Benin, Togo and Prime Minister of Mali. 

During the meeting with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Li Keqiang said the China-Tanzania relationship acted as a vanguard in the China-Africa relationship. China, he said, is ready to intensify high-level exchange with Tanzania, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation via major projects and enhance cultural exchange in a bid to deepen their comprehensive cooperative partnership. For his part, Kikwete said Tanzania is ready to work with China to cement traditional friendship and implement the cooperation framework for more progress in Africa-China relations. In a meeting with Benin President Thomas Boni Tayi, Li Keqiang said China-Benin relations have entered a fast track of development and he hoped the two sides can advance infrastructure projects step by step, expand cooperation in various fields and upgrade their collaboration.

In his meeting with Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe, Premier Li said that China would work along with Togo and other African countries to crack down on terrorism and transnational organized crime to build a peaceful and stable environment for development. Li Keqiang also met with his Malian counterpart, Moussa Mara. Li reaffirmed China’s strong support for sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Mali, and promised to work along with the international community to play a positive role in promoting Mali’s lasting peace and development.

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