Chinese and African ambassadors and the Permanent Observer of the African Union in Geneva met on Wednesday to renew traditional friendship and explore further cooperation in multilateral diplomacy at a working luncheon hosted by Ambassador LIU Zhenmin, Permanent Representative of China, focusing on implementing the outcome of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) recently held in Beijing.
Ambassador Liu briefed the group on the outcome of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of FOCAC, hailing the FOCAC as an important platform for collective dialogue and effective mechanism for practical cooperation between China and Africa since its launch 12 years ago. He spoke highly of the conference, citing that it enhanced mutual political trust between China and Africa, stepped-up practical cooperation, and improved mechanism for the Forum.
Revisiting the long history of China-Africa friendship, Ambassador Liu also highlighted the latest progress of cooperation in all areas such as politics, economy and culture in the last six years, since China and Africa decided at the FOCAC Beijing Summit 2006 to establish a new type of strategic partnership featuring political equality and mutual trust, win-win economic cooperation and cultural exchanges.
Ambassador Liu said that Geneva is closely related to the interests of China and African countries and also provides a broad stage for China-Africa multilateral cooperation, given Geneva's prominence as a global center for multilateral diplomacy and an important platform for global governance and international rule-making. He proposed that the Chinese and African missions in Geneva, under the guidance of the FOCAC, build an even closer China-Africa cooperation and coordination mechanism, continuously elevating China-Africa multilateral cooperation.
African ambassadors expressed appreciation for China's selfless and unconditioned assistance to Africa for decades, spoke highly of the outcome of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of FOCAC, reaffirming the importance of renewing China-Africa traditional friendship, including enhancing cooperation in multilateral affairs.
The ambassadors also agreed on the priorities and approach for China-Africa cooperation and coordination in Geneva.