|Comorian President Azali Assoumani Meets with Wang Yi|
On January 6, 2022 local time, Comorian President Azali Assoumani met in Moroni with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was visiting Comoros upon invitation.
Azali asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings and heartfelt wishes to President Xi Jinping. Azali said that the Chinese Foreign Minister's visit to Comoros under the pandemic situation demonstrates the importance China attaches to the Comoros-China strategic partnership and the cordial friendship to the Comorian people. China holds a special place in the hearts of the Comorian people. We are delighted by China's development achievements and feel happy that China is speeding up its national rejuvenation. China's development provides Comoros with opportunities and China's success means Africa's success. On behalf of the Comorian government and people, I would like to reiterate that Comoros will always stand on the side of China and uphold that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China and China will surely be reunified.
Azali thanks China for its help in the economic and social development of Comoros. He speaks highly of China's assistance in the Comorian fight against the pandemic and malaria, appreciates the important role played by Chinese enterprises in the construction of infrastructure and improvement of people's livelihood in Comoros, and expects more support from China in promoting the "Emerging Comoros Plan 2030" strategy.
Wang Yi first conveyed cordial greetings from President Xi Jinping. He appreciated Comorian support for China's legitimate positions, and China will also stand firmly with Comoros on issues related to Comorian sovereignty, territorial integrity and national dignity. Wang Yi said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations, China and Comoros have always understood, trusted and supported each other, creating a model of equal exchanges between countries of different sizes and different stages of development. China is willing to deepen political mutual trust with Comoros, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, and stand as the most reliable and long-lasting partner of Comoros.
Wang Yi said that China is willing to help Comoros achieve three goals. First, help Comoros realize universal immunization within this year. China will firmly support Comoros in fighting against the pandemic and provide as many vaccines as Comoros needed until the country completely defeats the pandemic. Second, help Comoros to completely eliminate malaria by 2025. The anti-malaria cooperation between China and Comoros has been effective, and China is ready to start a new phase of cooperation and continue to provide special drugs to Comoros. Third, support Comoros in the "Emerging Comoros Plan 2030" development strategy. China is willing to work together with Comoros to promote the effectiveness of the established projects. On the basis of full scientific demonstration and feasibility studies, China will provide assistance within the capacity for Comoros in promoting its new projects.
Wang Yi said, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is the most important platform for China and Africa to strengthen solidarity and cooperation. Not long ago, Your Excellency President attended the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the FOCAC and spoke on behalf of East Africa, making a positive contribution to the success of the conference. China supports Comoros in making good use of its advantages as a member of the African Union and League of Arab States, giving full play to the three driving engines of the China-Comoros friendship, China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and FOCAC, so as to inject more impetus into the development and revitalization of Comoros.
Azali highly appreciates the major initiatives announced by President Xi Jinping on cooperation with Africa, and thanks China for supporting African countries in safeguarding their legitimate rights and interests at the United Nations. Comoros is willing to continue to strengthen communication and coordination with China on multilateral affairs and regional cooperation.
On the same day, Wang Yi also held talks with Comorian Foreign Minister Dhoihir Dhoulkamal.