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Premier Li holds talks with Lesotho PM

Updated: Sep 6,2018 7:34 PM

Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, prime minister of Lesotho, on Sept 6 at the Great Hall of the People.

Premier Li fully affirmed the exemplary China-Lesotho ties featuring mutual respect and equal treatment. China is willing to maintain high-level exchanges, cement political mutual trust, and deepen pragmatic cooperation with Lesotho, in a bid to bring China-Lesotho relations to new heights.

The Premier said that China is willing to expand cooperation in trade and investment, strengthen cooperation in key fields highlighting energy, agriculture, and infrastructure with Lesotho to gain mutual benefits and win-win results, paving the way for a reciprocal and win-win partnership.

China encourages competitive Chinese enterprises to invest in Lesotho to help boost the local economy. Meanwhile, China is willing to consolidate communication and coordination in international as well as regional affairs with Lesotho, and make joint efforts to defend multilateralism with the United Nations at the core, as well as free trade, Premier Li added.

For his part, Thabane expressed his congratulations on the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, which laid out a blueprint for future cooperation of the two sides.

China is an important partner and friend of Lesotho, and it is the nation’s fundamental diplomatic policy to maintain and strengthen cooperation with China, he said.

Thabane said Lesotho highly values the friendship and cooperation with China, admires China’s huge development achievements, and appreciates China’s support of Lesotho in all sectors.

Lesotho, the prime minister said, will firmly uphold the one-China policy, and welcomes Chinese enterprises.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements after the meeting.

Before the meeting, Premier Li held a welcome ceremony for Thabane at the Great Hall of the People. Su Hui, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, also attended the ceremony.