Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie
(R) shakes hands with Chief of Staff of the Comoros armed forces Salimou
Mohamed Amiri during their meeting in Beijing, Oct. 20, 2008. (Xinhua
Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie met here Monday with
Chief of Staff of the Comoros armed forces Salimou Mohamed Amiri, pledging to
expand cooperation between the two armed forces.
Liang, also a state councilor, said that the Chinese
and Comoros armed forces have maintained good cooperation, and the Chinese side
is ready to make joint efforts with the Comoros side to further strengthen
exchanges and expand cooperation between the two armed forces, to raise the
level of military-to-military ties.
Noting that China is among the countries to admit the
independence of Comoros first and the first to establish diplomatic ties with
Comoros, Liang said the relations between China and Comoros have become a model
of equality, unity and cooperation between a big country and a small one.
Salimou, chief of staff of the National Development
Army, said the armed forces of Comoros and China share very deep friendship, and
the Comoros side hopes to develop cooperation with China in broader areas.
He thanked China for providing Comoros with support
and assistance and said that Comoros will continue to adhere to the one-China
Chen Bingde (R), chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China, shakes hands with Chief of Staff of the Comoros armed forces Salimou Mohamed Amiri during their meeting in Beijing, Oct. 20, 2008. (Xinhua Photo/Rao Aimin)
Before meeting Liang, Salimou also held talks with
his Chinese counterpart Chen Bingde, which lasted nearly two hours. The two
agreed to deepen the cooperation between the two armed forces in various fields.
Salimou and his delegation arrived here on Sunday for
an official good-will visit to China.