Xi Jinping Meets with President Macky Sall of Senegal

On September 2, 2016, President Xi Jinping met with President Macky Sall of Senegal in Hangzhou and welcomed him to attend the G20 Hangzhou Summit in China as head of a guest country.

Xi Jinping pointed out that in recent years, China and Senegal have enjoyed rapid development in cooperation in all fields. The Chinese side is willing to work with Senegal to elevate bilateral relations into a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, actively implement the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and deepen bilateral friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, so as to better benefit the two peoples.

Xi Jinping stressed that in order to comprehensively advance China-Senegal friendly cooperative relations, China is willing to, together with Senegal, take the opportunity of elevating the status of bilateral relations to strengthen political exchanges and consolidate mutual trust. We should extend economic and trade cooperation, give full play to the advantage of strong economic complementarity and further integrate development plans, so as to help Senegal to accelerate its industrialization, lift its level of agricultural modernization and improve its ability of self-development. The two sides should deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and promote public opinion connection. China stands ready to pump into talents for Senegal’s economic development and strengthen cooperation in peacekeeping and other security areas with Senegal so as to jointly build the cause of peace. Both countries should maintain close communication and coordination in international affairs and make joint effects to push forward international political and economic orders towards a more just and reasonable direction.

Macky Sall expressed that he is glad to attend the G20 Hangzhou Summit at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, which embodies the importance that China has attached to Africa. Harboring friendly sentiment towards China, Senegal is grateful for China’s long-term support to the country and Africa. Speaking highly of the cooperation plans towards Africa announced by President Xi Jinping when attending the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit last year and China’s specific implementation measures, the Senegalese side is willing to intensify cooperation with China and realize Africa’s self-development.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.