BEIJING, China- Chinese President, Xi Jinping, on Friday held talks with Botswana's President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, in Beijing, and the two leaders agreed to raise bilateral ties to a new level.
Masisi, on a state visit to China, is to attend the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), scheduled for Sept 3 and 4.
"We appreciate that the Botswana government is committed to China-Botswana friendship, and deepening cooperation with China in all areas," Xi said, suggesting, the two sides aim high and look far, increase mutual trust and deepen cooperation to raise bilateral ties to a new high.
Xi stressed the need for China and Botswana to intensify high-level exchanges, deepen governmental, legislative and sub-national exchanges, and always understand and support each other, on issues involving their development paths, core interests and major concerns. China stands ready to enhance aligning development strategies with Botswana, and welcomes Botswana to take an active part in the Belt and Road construction, Xi added.
Xi also spoke of the need to boost people-to-people exchanges, wildlife protection, communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, jointly safeguard the rights and interests of the developing countries, advance development of a new type of international relations and build a community with a shared future for humanity.
Masisi said, Botswana has, since independence, maintained good ties with China. The Botswana people appreciate China's continued assistance, in areas such as, infrastructure and healthcare. Botswana would like to congratulate and learn from China's great achievements in development and poverty alleviation, he added.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK