Xi Jinping Exchanges Messages of Congratulations with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the China-Somalia Diplomatic Relations

On December 14, 2020, President Xi Jinping exchanged messages of congratulations with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Somalia diplomatic relations.

Xi Jinping pointed out in his message that over the past 60 years, China and Somalia have always understood, helped and supported each other no matter how the international situation changes. During the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit in September 2018, he and President Mohamed reached important consensus on developing bilateral relations. Since the onset of COVID-19, the two sides have joined hands to fight the pandemic. He attaches great importance to the development of China-Somalia relations, and is willing to work together with President Mohamed to take the 60th anniversary as an opportunity to promote the implementation of the outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing Summit and the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19, and boost bilateral Belt and Road cooperation, so as to bring benefits to the people of both countries.

In his message, President Mohamed said that in the past 60 years, Somalia and China have witnessed steady development of their long-term friendly relations and sound cooperation in many fields. The Somali government and its people think highly of the close cooperation and friendship between the two countries. Somalia will forever be China's friend. He said he looks forward to working closely with President Xi to further deepen and broaden bilateral friendly cooperation and create more benefits for both countries and their people.

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