Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has met with several African leaders on the sidelines of the fourth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation which opened on Sunday at this Egyptian tourist resort.
Wen held separate meetings on Saturday and Sunday with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Comoran President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
At these meetings, the Chinese premier spoke highly of the new progress in the development of China-Africa relations, which has benefited the peoples of China and African countries, and given fresh impetus to the development of China-Africa relations.
Wen said China and African countries should strengthen solidarity and join hands to tackle such challenges as the global financial crisis and climate change.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Sudanese President Omer al- Bashir in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
The African leaders reiterated that their governments will adhere to the one China policy and give firm support to China on issues concerning its core interests.
The Chinese premier told the Zimbabwean president that China has, to the best of its capability, provided Zimbabwe with assistance which will help in that country's rehabilitation and rebuilding.
Mugabe thanked China for its support and aid and expressed the hope that the two countries would strengthen cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture and manufacturing.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
During his meeting with the Sudanese president, Wen said cooperation between China and Sudan in petroleum and other areas has been conducted on the basis of mutual benefit and that China is ready to continue to play its constructive role for peace, stability and development of Sudan.
Al-Bashir told Wen that Chinese investments have brought tangible benefits to Sudanese people. The Sudanese president spoke highly of China's stance on and its humanitarian aid to Darfur and hoped that the two countries would cooperate in such areas as energy, agriculture and infrastructure.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Comoran President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Nov. 8, 2009. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
Wen described the development of bilateral ties with Liberia as smooth and said China is willing to continue providing Liberia with aid in the African country's post-war reconstruction.
The Liberian president said China's assistance has played an important role in the country's economic development and social progress and the Liberian people have benefited enormously from it.
The Chinese premier described the friendly cooperation between China and the Comoros as an exemplary model for cooperation between big and small countries.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Adolphe Muzito, prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
The Comoran president hoped to further cooperation with China as part of his country's efforts to reduce poverty and achieve growth.
Wen told the Republic of Congo president that China is ready to make continued efforts to add more content to its strategic cooperation with the African country.
The Republic of Congo president said his country attaches great importance to China's role on the world arena.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
Wen told his Ethiopian counterpart that China would coordinate efforts with African countries in order to push for progress at the United Nations Copenhagen conference on the basis of the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities."
The Ethiopian prime minister said his country would strengthen communication and cooperation with China on climate change.
Wen told the Democratic Republic of Congo prime minister that their countries' economies are highly complementary and there is a bright prospect for mutually beneficial cooperation between them.
The Democratic Republic of Congo prime minister told the Chinese premier that Chinese investments are welcome in such sectors as agriculture, hydropower, infrastructure and mineral resources.