Sierra Leone Foreign Minister in Beijing to Discuss Closer Cooperation with China



Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held meeting on June 23rd Sunday with Sierra Leone delegation headed by Sierra Leone minister of foreign affairs Nabeela Tunis, who are in Beijing attending the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit Outcomes.

In talks with Tunis, hailing the two countries as "good friends and good brothers", Wang called on the two sides to continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning each others' core interests and major concerns, strengthen alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative and the eight major initiatives proposed at the FOCAC Beijing Summit with Sierra Leone's medium-term national development plan, and beef up cooperation on infrastructure, agriculture and fishery, health care, communication, and capacity building.

Tunis said, Sierra Leone supports Africa and China to deepen partnership and is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with China on implementing the sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and reform of the global governance system.

53 countries in Africa have sent high-level delegations to the coordinators' meeting, including 25 foreign ministers. The move fully reflected the importance that the African side attaches to the China-Africa ties and the unbreakable solidarity and friendship between the two sides.

The FOCAC Beijing Summit was held with great success in September 2018, bringing China-Africa relations to a historical high. After the conclusion of the summit, China and African countries worked closely with each other to implement our leaders' consensus and outcomes reached at the summit, achieving important progress and reaping early harvests. As the international landscape undergoes profound and complicated changes, the two sides both believe it necessary to have a coordinators' meeting to communicate over implementation and steer China-Africa cooperation along the direction of high-quality and sustainable development. Through this meeting, the outcomes of the summit will be translated into more benefits to the people and show the strong will and firm resolve to strengthen solidarity and cooperation, uphold multilateralism and build a closer China-Africa community with a shared future.FrontPage 27062019.