China, Kenya pledge to advance parliamentary relations

08:19, September 02, 2010      

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China and Kenya pledged here on Wednesday to enhance exchanges between the parliaments of the two countries in experience of state governing and legislation supervision, and strengthen coordination in international and regional parliamentary organizations.

The move came after Kenneth Marendethe, speaker of Kenya's national assembly met Chen Zhili, vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, late in the day.

During the meeting, Kenneth Marende said his parliament is ready to expand friendly exchanges with China's NPC in an effort to promote the friendship between the two peoples and the two countries.

Applauding China's achievements in its social and economic development, Marende said Kenya highly appreciates China's generous assistance to Kenya's social and economic development in the past years and will work with the country to expand bilateral cooperation in agriculture, tourism, education and other sectors.

Echoing Marende, Chen Zhili said that China highly values the ties with African nations, including Kenya.

Chen, who is on a five-day visit to Kenya, positively assessed the development of China-Kenya relations since the establishment of the diplomatic ties in 1963.

She said although the international situation has undergone great changes, the friendly cooperation relationship between China and Kenya has been deepened and developed based on mutual respect and mutual assistance, noting that the bilateral relationship has entered a new phase of comprehensive and rapid growth..

The friendly parliamentary exchanges between the two countries have helped cement political and social basis for the China-Kenya ties, Chen said, hoping that the two parliaments would continue keeping the momentum of high level visits and increase cooperation between special committees and friendship groups.

Source: Xinhua


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