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China, Sierra Leone to promote partnership

August 29, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed with his Sierra Leonean counterpart to further promote the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

Both sides have also agreed to expand cooperation in education, agriculture, health and infrastructure, among other fields.

The consensus was reached on Thursday amid talks between the two state leaders in Beijing.

The Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio is on a state visit to China and will attend the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) 2018 Beijing Summit.

During the meeting with Bio, President Xi said the two countries have been friends through good times and bad since they established diplomatic relations 47 years ago.

He stressed that China will never forget its old friends and will always view the unity and cooperation with African countries as a significant foundation for its foreign policy.

He said China wanted to maintain high-level exchanges with Sierra Leone, and strengthen the exchange of experience on governance.

Bio thanked China for its long-term help to Sierra Leon’s economic and social development, adding that Sierra Leoneans will always remember that China was the first to extend a helping hand when their country was most severely plagued by an Ebola virus epidemic.

President Bio added that Sierra Leone was willing to improve bilateral ties with China further, actively take part in the Belt and Road Initiative, and improve communication with China on multilateral affairs.

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