Senior Chinese, Ethiopian military officers pledge closer co-op

19:36, June 29, 2010      

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Senior Chinese military officer Xu Caihou met here Tuesday with Samora Yenus, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of Ethiopia, and they pledged to further bilateral military cooperation.

Xu, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, said China was ready to take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the China-Ethiopia diplomatic ties to advance bilateral military cooperation in all fields.

During the recent years, China and Ethiopia had enjoyed increasing political mutual trust, fruitful trade and economic cooperation, and deepening cultural exchanges, Xu said, adding the two countries also maintained close communication and coordination on international and regional issues.

"The Armed Forces of Ethiopia are good friends and partners of their Chinese counterparts," Xu said, noting China was willing to work with Ethiopia to promote the bilateral relationship to a new high.

Xu also expressed appreciation of Ethiopian government's support on issues concerning China's core interests.

Samora Yenus, who is on his first visit to China, said he hoped the two armed forces could strengthen cooperation, so as to cement bilateral military ties.

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