Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 July 2009

Chinese Government’s Special Envoy Zhai Jun Meets with AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping

 

 


 

 

Chinese Government’s Special Envoy Zhai Jun Meets with AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping

 

TRIPOLI, Libya, July 1, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On June 28, 2009, Zhai Jun, Special Envoy of the Chinese government and Assistant Foreign Minister who was attending the 13th African Union (AU) Summit in Sirte, Libya met with Jean Ping, Chairman of AU Commission.

Zhai made positive comments on the achievements of AU Commission in maintaining African peace and stability and strengthening its own development in recent years and noted that the Chinese side always supports AU’s efforts of keeping peace and security in the region. China has decided to provide AU with another US$400,000 cash assistance to support its peacekeeping operation in Somalia.

He said that China’s relations with AU have grown closely in recent years and the bilateral cooperation in various sectors continues to expand and deepen. The first China-AU strategic dialogue was held successfully in Addis Ababa in November last year. The two sides have agreed to hold the second strategic dialogue in Beijing this year. The Chinese side attaches great importance to the dialogue and cooperation with AU and is ready to make joint efforts with AU to promote the development of friendly and cooperative relations.

Jean Ping thanked the Chinese government for its support and assistance to AU. He said that the relations between China and AU are full of energy. The AU convention center project built with assistance from the Chinese government is well underway. The decision of the Chinese side to provide additional assistance for AU’s peacekeeping operation in Somalia once again demonstrates China’s great support for peace and security in Africa, for which AU would like to express deep admiration and gratitude. It will make continuous efforts to deepen the friendly and cooperative relations with China.

Both sides also exchanged opinions on other issues of common concern.

 

SOURCE 

China – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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