Chinese President Xi Jinping takes part in a meeting with his French counterpart at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 26, 2014 in Paris. Xi was set today to sign a series of major business deals on the second day of a lavish state visit to France.  Xi is on his first-ever European tour and after visiting The Netherlands and France will head to Germany and Belgium.   AFP PHOTO POOL CHRISTOPHE ENA

Chinese leader’s special envoy to attend Barrow inauguration

A special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the inauguration ceremony of Gambian President Adama Barrow and Gambia’s independence day celebration in Banjul, on February 18.

Ma Peihua, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), will be the special envoy, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang at a press briefing.

Since China and Gambia resumed diplomatic relations in March 2016, the cooperation between the two countries has been comprehensively promoted in various fields, according to Geng.

“The resumption of China-Gambia diplomatic ties is in line with the fundamental interests of the two countries and their peoples,” Geng said.

China appreciates the new Gambian government’s adherence to the one-China policy, Geng stressed.

China says it stands ready to work with Gambia to promote their all-round friendly cooperation to benefit both peoples.

It is hoped that the implementation of the outcomes of the 2015 Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will be an opportunity for bilateral cooperation between China and The Gambia.

At least 20 Heads of State, most from West Africa will be attending the inauguration, according to Gambian officials.

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