CHINA MAKING EFFORTS TO ENSURE PEACE AND STABILITY IN AFRICA, SAYS F.M.

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says China’s participation in efforts to support causes for Africa’s peace and stability in recent years have gained recognition and appreciation from African countries.

At a joint media conference held here Thursday with his Ugandan counterpart, Sam Kutesa, Wang said China was currently pressing on with the implementation of a pledge made by Chinese President Xi Jinping last year that the country would provide 100 million US dollars in military assistance to the African Union (AU) to support the establishment of the African Standby Force.

Wang added that over the years, China had been involved in peacekeeping, mediation and providing assistance to help end conflicts on the continent. More than 2,400 Chinese peacekeepers were being deployed to seven missions in Africa, including Mali and South Sudan where Chinese peacekeepers had sacrificed their lives during service earlier this year.

“We have provided through bilateral and multilateral means peacekeeping assistance to the African Union and other regional organizations,” he said.

Kutesa said China had been and remained one of Africa’s most reliable partners, adding that unlike Western powers which imposed solutions on Africa for its problems, China had always been supportive and helped Africa find its own solutions.

In a bilateral meeting held earlier in the day, the two ministers voiced support for regional efforts aimed at ending the ongoing fighting in South Sudan.

“We have emphasized the importance of a government of national unity, fully implementing the agreement of the resolution of the conflict of South Sudan,” Kutesa said, adding that they also discussed the conflict in Burundi and other international issues of mutual interest.

Wang is in Uganda for a two-day visit after having earlier visited neighbouring country Kenya.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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