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H.E. Ambassador Zhang Weidong Presents Credentials to the President of Iceland

On 30 September 2014, Mr. Zhang Weidong, the new Chinese Ambassador to Iceland, presented his Letters of Credence to the President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. After the ceremony of the presentation, Ambassador Zhang and President Grímsson had a friendly and intensive talk on bilateral relations and other relevant issues.

Ambassador Zhang extended warm greetings and good wishes of President Xi Jinping and appreciated highly the contributions to the bilateral relations by President Grímsson. Ambassador Zhang stressed that China values the good relations with Iceland and the friendly cooperation between the two countries have kept the momentum of healthy and fast development in recent years. China and Iceland have attained fruitful achievements in their pragmatic cooperation in various fields, with mutual political trust deepening, economic and trade cooperation expanding, personnel exchanges increasing, the friendship between our peoples enhancing. Ambassador Zhang also emphasized that Chinese side cherishes its traditional friendship with Iceland and deems Iceland a reliably good friend and partner in Europe. He felt deeply honored with great responsibility of his mission to be the Chinese envoy to Iceland in such a period of steady development of China-Iceland relations, expressing his willingness to make joint efforts with the Icelandic side to advance the bilateral relations to a new stage.

President Grímsson welcomed Ambassador Zhang to his post and expressed thanks to President Xi's greetings. He keenly recalled his friendly contacts with President Xi, asking Ambassador Zhang to convey his best wishes to the Chinese President. President Grímsson was satisfied with the development of relations of the two nations, hoping to continue maintaining high level exchanges and strengthening bilateral cooperation on economy, trade, culture, Arctic affairs and renewable energy and thus better benefiting two peoples to their common ends.

The President also held a welcome reception in honor of Ambassador Zhang. Invitees included diplomats of the Chinese Embassy, overseas Chinese, government officials of Iceland and friends from different circles.

Ambassador Zhang Weidong arrived in Iceland on 25th September and presented the copy of Credentials to acting Permanent Secretary of State and Chief of Protocol of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland on 26th.

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