|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Minister of African Integration and Ivorians Abroad Aly Coulibaly of Côte d'Ivoire|
On May 22, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Minister of African Integration and Ivorians Abroad Aly Coulibaly of Côte d'Ivoire in Abidjan.
Wang Yi noted that China and Côte d'Ivoire enjoy a long-term friendship. Both sides have always enjoyed equal treatment and mutual respect, and supported each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns. In recent years, Côte d'Ivoire has maintained political stability, with rapid economic development and continuous and new achievements in national construction. China is willing to, under the framework of China-Africa ten major cooperation plans of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), take the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" as an opportunity to deepen cooperation in various fields with Côte d'Ivoire, and help Côte d'Ivoire gradually establish its own industrial system and improve its self-development capability, in a bid to make it enter the rank of emerging market economies at an early date. China is a sincere partner of Côte d'Ivoire and African countries, and share common ideal and pursuit with them. China will make efforts on the international stage as always to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Côte d'Ivoire, African countries as well as developing countries.
Aly Coulibaly expressed that as the most sincere friend and partner of Côte d'Ivoire, China has offered support and assistance during the whole process of the country's national peace and development, which is an important embodiment of bilateral political mutual trust. Côte d'Ivoire is committed to enhancing bilateral relations, and deepening bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation in economy, trade, finance and other fields. The FOCAC Johannesburg Summit has elevated China-Africa relations to an unprecedented new height, and the implementation of its outcomes has become a new engine for bilateral cooperation. The "Belt and Road" initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping conforms to the trend of the times and is conducive to the development of small and medium-sized countries. Côte d'Ivoire highly appreciates it and is willing to actively participate in it. Appreciating and supporting China's Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, Côte d'Ivoire hopes to, on the basis of the principles, enhance and improve global governance and establish more fair and reasonable international orders. Côte d'Ivoire stands ready to, together with China, strengthen coordination and cooperation in such international affairs as the reform of the UN Security Council and climate change, and jointly safeguard the interests of African countries and developing countries.