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Wang Yi Speaks with Burundian Foreign Minister Ezechiel Nibigira on the Phone
2020/11/12

On November 11, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Burundi Ezechiel Nibigira.

Wang Yi said that China-Burundi relations have maintained a high level of development, the two sides have built solid political mutual trust, and cooperation in various fields has achieved fruitful results. Burundi has become China's "all-weather" friend and "all-round" partner. China will, as always, support Burundi in safeguarding its national sovereignty and oppose foreign interference. China believes that Burundi will continue to stand with China on issues concerning China's core interests. China and Burundi should maintain close communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, firmly defend multilateralism, and safeguard the common rights and interests of the two countries as well as other developing countries.

Wang Yi said that the pragmatic cooperation between China and Burundi has withstood the test of the COVID-19 pandemic and is advancing steadily. China is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with Burundi, and synergize the implementation of the Belt and Road cooperation and the outcomes reached at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) with Burundi's "six major tasks" including the development of farming and animal husbandry, supporting the implementation of youth career, implementation of good governance and other economic and social development tasks, so as to continue to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. China firmly supports Burundi's anti-pandemic efforts, and is willing to continue to provide Burundi with support and assistance within its capacity to help Burundi completely overcome COVID-19 at an early date.

Nibigira thanked China for its selfless support for Burundi's economic and social development, and believes that it fully confirmed the profound friendship of the Chinese people towards Burundi. Nibigira said that Burundi will unswervingly pursue a friendly policy towards China and continue to give China unconditional support on all issues concerning China's core interests. Burundi is willing to work with China to accelerate the Belt and Road cooperation, implement the results of the Beijing Summit of FOCAC, and continue to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.

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