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China, Mali Sign Economic Cooperation Agreement
Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and his Malian counterpart Moctar Ouane signed an agreement in Bamako Friday on economic and technological cooperation.
China treasures the traditional friendship with Mali, said the Chinese top diplomat in his talks with Malian officials before the signing ceremony.
Both developing countries, China and Mali should support each other, expand exchanges, enhance cooperation and seek common development, Li said.
Ouane expressed his appreciation of China’s long-term support and assistance to Mali in seeking national independence and construction. Mali will firmly adhere to the one-China policy and support China’s unification cause, Ouane added.
Both sides agreed to enhance cooperative ties in the following aspects: Firstly, both countries will intensify political dialogue and consultations on key issues in the United Nations and other international organizations.
Secondly, to promote economic and trade cooperation. China will take further steps to encourage investments in Mali, while Mali will strive to increase the direct export of cotton and other products to China.
Thirdly, both countries will actively explore ways to promote cooperation in agriculture, telecommunications services, health, culture, tourism and personnel services, giving priority to projects fundamental to Mali’s economic and social development.
Fourthly, both countries will continue to promote the Sino-African partnership within the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum.
Ouane said his country will closely cooperate with China to ensure the successful holding of the China-Africa summit in Beijing in November.
Li arrived in the Malian capital Friday after visits to Cape Verde and Senegal. His African trip will also take him to Liberia, Nigeria and Libya.