Chinese FM meets Eritrean president, Vanuatu PM, S. Korean and Myanmar FMs   2011-09-21 16:50:14 FeedbackPrintRSS

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met Tuesday with Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki, Vanuatu Prime Minister Sato Kilman, South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan and Foreign Minister of Myanmar U Wunna Maung Lwin respectively on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly meetings.

During his meeting with Afewerki, Yang said cooperation between China and Eritrea has maintained sound momentum in various areas since the two countries forged their diplomatic ties in 1993. Both sides have seen fruitful cooperation in fields like trade, health, education, culture and personnel training.

China appreciates Eritrea's adherence to the one-China policy, Yang said, adding that China would like to make joint efforts with Eritrea in a bid to push bilateral relations to a new high.

For his part, Afewerki said he hoped the two sides could strengthen trade and investment, and deepen cooperation in infrastructure, energy, agriculture, education and health. Eritrea also looked forward to seeing China continue to play a positive role in promoting peace, stability and development in Africa, he said.

When meeting Kilman, Yang said China attaches great importance to its relations with Vanuatu, and would like to further bilateral cooperation so as to promote peace, stability and development in the Pacific Islands region.

Kilman appreciated China's assistance to his country's economic and social development, saying Vanuatu welcomes even more Chinese investment.

When meeting with his South Korean counterpart Kim, Yang said China would like to continue enhancing high-level exchange visits, and take the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties in 2012 as an opportunity to further advance bilateral relations.

Yang said all parties involved in the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, including South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, have conducted talks recently, and that the situation on the Peninsula has improved as a result of joint efforts.

The Chinese foreign minister also said the current situation should be cherished. He called on all parties concerned to create favorable conditions for the early resumption of the six-party talks.

He added that bilateral talks and multilateral meetings can supplement each other.

Kim said his country is ready to work closely together with China and further boost friendship between the two peoples. South Korea appreciates China's positive efforts on mitigating the tension on the peninsula, and greatly values China's hosting of an international symposium on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 19 Joint Statement on the Korean nuclear issue in Beijing.

During his meeting with Myanmar's foreign minister, Yang said that in order to enrich the China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, the two countries should maintain high-level contacts, ensure the construction of joint projects and strengthen coordination in international and regional affairs.

China is willing to make contributions to the stability and development of Myanmar together with the international community, Yang said.

Myanmar's foreign minister said the growing friendship between Myanmar and China has brought tangible benefits to both nations. Myanmar is in a state of transition, and is willing to step up communication and dialogue with neighboring countries as well as the international community, he said.

Editor: Yang Lina
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