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Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Nigeria for visit

Updated: May 7,2014 12:11 PM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Abuja on May 6 for a visit to Nigeria, the second leg of his first Africa visit. [Photo/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang arrived here on May 6 for a visit to Nigeria, the second leg of his first Africa visit since he took office in 2013.

Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa and is an important partner of China in the continent, Li said in a statement issued upon his arrival.

Premier Li Keqiang and his wife Cheng Hong arrive at the airport for a visit in Abuja, Nigeria, May 6, 2014.[Photo/www.gov.cn]

China and Nigeria have maintained close high-level communication and the bilateral strategic partnership has been advancing, said Li.

“I am looking forward to holding in-depth exchanges with Nigerian leaders on bilateral ties and issues with common concerns,” he said, hoping that his visit will help promote traditional friendship, chart the development of mutually beneficial cooperation and boost bilateral ties.

Premier Li Keqiang is bestowed with the key to the city of Abuja upon his arrival at the airport for a visit in Abuja, Nigeria, May 6, 2014.[Photo/www.gov.cn]

Premier Li is scheduled to attend the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa and meet African leaders in the Nigerian capital.

He will also meet Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

Before Nigeria, Li went to Ethiopia, where he visited the headquarters of the African Union and delivered a speech there to expound China’s Africa policy.

Li will also travel to Angola and Kenya during his four-nation Africa tour.

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