On January 9, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Djibouti City.
Guelleh said that Djibouti’s relations with China have developed in depth and yielded fruitful results in various fields. Djibouti cherishes friendship with the Chinese people and regards China as a sincere friend and indispensable partner. The Djibouti side spoke highly of the strategic partnership between Djibouti and China, and thanked the Chinese government and people for their assistance to Djibouti’s economic and social development. Djibouti looks forward to expanding cooperation with China in the blue economy and digital economy, and enhancing the scientific and technological level of bilateral cooperation. The Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway is conducive to promoting regional connectivity and economic integration, and has become a model for Africa-China cooperation. Djibouti is willing to take an active part in building the “Belt and Road” and implementing relevant projects of the “Eight Major Initiatives” of the Beijing Summit of the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation.
Wang Yi said, under the personal care and guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Guelleh, the strategic partnership between the two countries has maintained a high level of development. You have always been cared and supported relations with China, and visited China three times in the past three years, making historic contribution to the development of bilateral relations. China and Djibouti have always respected, supported and helped each other, and have become a model of mutually beneficial cooperation between countries of all sizes. China firmly supports Djibouti in taking a development path suited to its national conditions.
Wang Yi said, China appreciates Djibouti’s active participation in the “Belt and Road” cooperation and regards Djibouti as a good friend, good partner and good brother. China is ready to align its efforts in pursuing the “Belt and Road Initiative” and the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of FOCAC with Djibouti’s Vision 2035. We will enhance cooperation in the blue economy, communications, digital economy and other fields, leverage the economic and social impact of such projects as the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway and the Doraleh multi-function port, promote the coordinated development of Djibouti’s railway, port and free trade zone, and build Djibouti into a regional business, trade and logistics hub. China will continue to provide support to Djibouti’s economic and social development within its capacity.
On the same day, Wang Yi also held talks with Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Djibouti Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and jointly met with the press.