Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) held a bilateral discussion with the President of China, Xi Jinping, on Tuesday morning.
Prime Minister Abiy and First Lady Zinash Tayachew headed to China for an Official State Visit and to attend the third Belt and Road Initiative Forum for International Cooperation.
Following his meeting with the Chinese President, PM Abiy noted that China continues to be a critical partner for Ethiopia.
He also expressed his gratitude to President Xi Jinping for the warm welcome accorded to him and his delegation and for the fruitful bilateral discussion.
Upon arrival in the Chinese capital on Monday (16), Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was received by Premier Li Qiang in an official welcoming ceremony demonstrative of the strong relations between the two countries.
During the bilateral meeting, the two sides discussed ways of enhancing economic cooperation between Ethiopia and China. Premier Li Qiang highlighted that both countries are developing and emerging economies that can seek ways of growing together.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, on his part, shared the multifaceted growth objectives of the government and the development achievements gained thus far.
He further emphasized the need to expand trade partnerships with China, per the Office of the Prime Minister.
Following the bilateral meeting, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Premier Li Qiang presided over the signing of 12 cooperation agreements and 2 letters of intent in various fields.