11/29/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/29/2021 00:07
On November 28, 2021 local time, Senegalese President Macky Sall met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Dakar.
Sall asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping and extended congratulations on the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. He said that Senegal and China have achieved fruitful results in jointly building the Belt and Road. The pragmatic cooperation between the two countries has promoted the development of Senegal's inland region, profoundly changed the country's landscape, and effectively enhanced Senegal's economic competitiveness. Senegal is satisfied with its relations with China and hopes to strengthen cooperation with China in various fields to bring more benefits to the two peoples.
Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping's cordial greetings to Sall. He said that the two heads of state have established solid mutual trust and provided strategic guidance for the development of China-Senegal relations. China congratulates Senegal on its effective response to the pandemic and economic recovery, and is willing to continue to promote pragmatic cooperation between the two sides in various fields and support the Plan for an Emerging Senegal.
Wang Yi said that the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is the banner of win-win cooperation among developing countries and a model of South-South cooperation. He thanked Senegal for its important role in the building and development of the forum during its tenure as co-chair of FOCAC and expressed his willingness to work with Senegal to ensure the full success of the ministerial conference. Wang Yi congratulates Senegal on assuming the rotating presidency of the African Union next year and looks forward to its positive role in accelerating the unity and rejuvenation of Africa and increasing its influence. China always maintains that Africa should become a big stage for international cooperation, rather than a game arena for superpowers. China will always be the sincerest and most reliable partner for Africa's development and revitalization. We will firmly honor our commitment that China's vote in the United Nations is always for the well-being of developing countries. We stand firmly with our African partners to jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries and achieve common development, progress and prosperity.
Sall said that Senegal highly appreciates China's selfless help to Africa, which fully reflects the solidarity, mutual assistance and brotherhood between Africa and China. China's great success has provided reference and brought hope for African countries with similar historical experiences. China stands for fair and inclusive global governance, which fully serves the common interests of developing countries including Africa. The unjust international order should be changed and the future of Africa should be kept in its hands. Senegal expects China to continue to play a leading role in the international arena and help Africa achieve development and rejuvenation.
Sall said, over the past 20 years, the FOCAC has carried out fruitful cooperation on the basis of mutual respect. China's series of measures for practical cooperation with Africa fully meet the needs of Africa's development and are generally welcomed by African countries. Sall thanked China for supporting Senegal in hosting this meeting, and looks forward to President Xi Jinping's personal attendance and address at the opening ceremony, which is crucial to ensuring the success of the meeting. Senegal encourages all FOCAC members to seize the opportunity and take an active part in the meeting for greater outcomes.
On the same day, Wang Yi held talks with Senegalese Foreign Minister Aissata Tall Sall.