On January 12, 2023 local time, President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang in Libreville.
Qin Gang first conveyed President Xi Jinping’s cordial greetings to President Bongo. He said that the China-Gabon friendship, which was jointly forged by the older generation of leaders of the two countries, has stood various tests and remained rock-solid. China and Gabon have firmly supported each other in safeguarding their respective core interests and major concerns, upholding basic norms governing international relations, and defending international fairness and justice. China is ready to work with Gabon to implement the important common understandings reached between the two heads of state, consolidate strategic mutual trust, and expand pragmatic cooperation, so as to elevate the China-Gabon comprehensive cooperative partnership to higher levels.
Qin Gang briefed President Bongo on the essential requirements and distinct features of Chinese modernization. He stressed that China will continuously support Gabon in exploring a development path suited to its national conditions, increase experience sharing on state governance, seek greater synergy between development strategies, pursue high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, and help Gabon advance the “Gabon Emergent” strategic plan, so as to realize win-win cooperation and common development.
Bongo asked Qin Gang to convey his best wishes to President Xi Jinping, and expressed heartfelt appreciation to the Chinese side for its all-round and strong support for Gabon’s economic and social development. He said that the Gabon-China friendship had been upgraded as the two sides worked to promote common development and safeguard common interests. Gabon highly endorses China’s development approach, and expects to deepen cooperation to bring more benefits to the two peoples. Gabon appreciates the fact that China speaks up for justice in the international community and fulfills its responsibilities as a major country. He said that Gabon will always be a trustworthy friend of China, and expressed readiness to strengthen coordination and collaboration with the Chinese side to jointly safeguard the legitimate interests of developing countries and work for a greater say of African countries in international governance.
During his visit to Gabon, Qin Gang also held talks with Gabonese Foreign Minister Pacome Moubelet-Boubeya. The two sides said that China and Gabon will continue to firmly support each other, further tap the potential for cooperation, and forge more cooperation highlights.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.