|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso|
On January 4, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.
Wang Yi said that last May, on behalf of our respective governments, we signed the communiqué on the resumption of diplomatic relations in Beijing, opening a new chapter in the history of China-Burkina Faso relations. The Chinese side highly appreciates President Roch Marc Christian Kabore's strategic decision to resume diplomatic relations with China on the basis of Burkina Faso's long-term development and its people's fundamental interests. Burkina Faso has gained a new friend, China, in its course of national development, while China has seen one more good African brother in its friend circle. Over the past six months, exchanges between both countries have been in full swing, with mutually beneficial cooperation being advanced in an orderly manner and a good start in various fields. Facts have proved that the decision of Burkina Faso to resume the diplomatic relations with China is one hundred percent correct.
Wang Yi said that in September last year, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore paid a successful visit to China and attended the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) for the first time, during which the two heads of state had drawn up a blueprint and charted the course for China-Burkina Faso cooperation. The visit this time to Burkina Faso is the first one paid by a Chinese foreign minister in history. It is hoped that through this visit, both sides could earnestly implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, and better align the important outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing Summit with China-Burkina Faso cooperation, so that the people of Burkina Faso could feel the well-being of the development of bilateral relations. The two sides should continue to enhance mutual trust on the basis of adhering to the one-China principle and firmly support each other on issues concerning respective core interests so as to ensure steady and long-term development of bilateral relations. The Chinese side is ready to promote bilateral practical cooperation in various fields combining the implementation of the eight major initiatives proposed at the FOCAC Beijing Summit according to the actual needs of Burkina Faso. The Chinese side firmly supports Burkina Faso's efforts in safeguarding national and regional peace and stability and is ready to deepen peace and security cooperation with the Burkina Faso side. It is believed that as time goes on, bilateral cooperation will achieve more results and the people of Burkina Faso will increasingly realize that China is a trustworthy, enduring and reliable partner in the process of Burkina Faso' national development and rejuvenation.
Alpha Barry warmly welcomed Wang Yi's visit, saying that the Chinese foreign minister's visit soon after the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries shows that China honors its commitments. Resuming diplomatic relations with China is a choice independently made by Burkina Faso on the basis of the fundamental interests of Burkina Faso. The Burkina Faso side firmly adheres to the one-China principle and will not be affected by any interference. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore paid a successful state visit to China last September, which promoted the development of bilateral relations and won the support of the people of Burkina Faso. Over the past six months, bilateral cooperation in various fields has been moving forward smoothly. The people of Burkina Faso feel personally that the resumption of diplomatic relations with China is conducive to the development of Burkina Faso and the improvement of people's livelihood, and brings more tangible benefits to Burkina Faso and its people. The Burkina Faso side is satisfied with the sound development momentum of bilateral relations, is willing to learn from China's successful development experience and hopes that China will support the economic and social development of Burkina Faso. The security issue is of vital importance to Burkina Faso. The Burkina Faso side thanks the Chinese side's efforts in maintaining peace and security in Africa and hopes to strengthen cooperation with China in the security field.