Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Noting that Ethiopia is an influential African nation and the seat of the African Union headquarters, Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said Ethiopia’s peace and stability are of great significance to the region.

Over the past two years, Ethiopia’s domestic peace process has progressed orderly, and its economic and social development achievements have been remarkable, Wang said, adding he believes that the Ethiopian government and people will achieve even greater success on the path of peace, development, and prosperity.

China-Ethiopia relations have maintained a good momentum of development, with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed maintaining strategic communication and reaching a series of important consensuses, particularly the decision to elevate bilateral relations to an all-weather strategic partnership, opening broad prospects for future cooperation, Wang said.

Noting Ethiopia’s deep friendship with China, Atske Selassie said the elevation of bilateral relations to an all-weather strategic partnership is warmly welcomed by the Ethiopian government and people.

China is Ethiopia’s largest source of foreign investment and export destination, and bilateral cooperation has strongly promoted Ethiopia’s economic and social development, he said.

Ethiopia is willing to learn from China’s development experience and, together with other African countries, promote greater development in China-Africa cooperation, he added.

Atske Selassie said Ethiopia appreciates and supports the three global initiatives proposed by China.

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