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State councilor visits Senegal to materialize results of summits

Updated: May 7,2016 9:30 AM     Xinhua

State Councilor Yang Jiechi (L) meets with Senegalese President Macky Sall in Dakar, Senegal on May 6, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

DAKAR — State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with Senegalese leaders in Dakar of Senegal on May 6 in a visit amid efforts to materialize the outcomes of recent summits of Chinese-African leaders.

During his meeting with Senegalese President Macky Sall, the state councilor conveyed greetings from President Xi Jinping.

Yang said the purpose of his visit is to materialize the important consensus reached by the heads of state of China and Senegal, and the fruitful outcomes of the Johannesburg Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit, enhance the two countries’ strategic cooperation in development and promote bilateral friendly cooperation of mutual benefit.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi (L) meets with Senegalese Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne in Dakar, Senegal on May 6, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

With close high-level contacts in recent years, China and Senegal have achieved satisfactory results in their pragmatic cooperation in various fields, said Yang.

China is willing to work with the Senegalese side to enhance mutual trust, promote cooperation for development, foster active industrial cooperation and production capacity cooperation, strengthen bilateral cooperation in fields such as infrastructure construction, agriculture, fishery, culture and education and tourism, and enhance bilateral coordination in international and regional affairs, said Yang.

The Senegalese president asked Yang to convey his greetings to President Xi Jinping.

The successful holding of the FOCAC summit is conducive to the forging of Africa-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, said Sall.

President Xi’s speech at the summit, which dovetails nicely with Africa’s development needs, is warmly welcomed by the African people, said Sall.

Sall spoke highly of the “vigorous” bilateral relations and “fruitful” cooperative outcomes reached in various fields, saying that the two sides share broad consensus on a collection of important issues.

He also thanked the Chinese side for extending help to Senegal’s social and economic endeavors.

Also on May 6, Yang met with Senegalese Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne to have an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and the two countries’ pragmatic cooperation in fields such as infrastructure, the building of industrial parks, transportation and agriculture.