On November 29, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Minister of International Cooperation of the Republic of the Congo Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso in Dakar, just ahead of the opening of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
Wang Yi asked Christel to convey the cordial greetings from President Xi Jinping to President Denis Sassou Nguesso, saying that the solid mutual trust and sound relations established by and between the two heads of state provide an important political guarantee for the development of bilateral relations. China is willing to strengthen mutual support and alignment of strategies with the Republic of the Congo for steady progress in across-the-board cooperation. China stands ready to be the most reliable partner of the Republic of the Congo along the latter's journey to development and prosperity, and supports the Republic of the Congo in enhancing its capacity for independent development and realizing diversified development.
Christel asked Wang Yi to convey President Denis Sassou Nguesso's best wishes to President Xi Jinping, and offered sincere congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the great achievements China has made. He said, President Denis Sassou Nguesso cherishes the friendship with President Xi Jinping and personally cares about promoting the development of bilateral relations. The Republic of the Congo highly appreciates China's support and assistance for its development and COVID-19 response and will always stand with China. The Belt and Road cooperation between the Republic of the Congo and China is of high quality and fruitful, while the two countries' industrial capacity cooperation sets an example for Africa-China cooperation. The Republic of the Congo is ready to further enhance all-round cooperation with China for the benefit of the two peoples. China's contribution to the development of Africa is well recognized by the world. Christel believes that the ministerial conference will be a complete success and greatly promote China-Africa friendship and cooperation.
Wang Yi said, the CPC has united and led the Chinese people in successfully achieving the first centenary goal and is now embarking on a great journey toward the second centenary goal. The great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered an irreversible historical course. China's development strengthens the force for peace and progress, contributes to the overall growth of developing countries, and is supported by African countries. China is willing to step up solidarity and cooperation with African countries to help Africa achieve faster development and jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.