Ethiopian diplomats complete Chinese language training

10:53, July 18, 2010      

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About 23 Ethiopian diplomats on Saturday completed Chinese language training successfully from the Addis Ababa Confucius Institute in Ethiopia.

The institute presented certificates to the graduates and special awards to those top students for their outstanding achievements in the training.

Presenting certificates and awards to the trainees, Gu Xiaojie, Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia, said the relation between China and Ethiopia have been getting momentum.

Gu said the two countries have been enjoying excellent relations in all-around sectors.The training program would take the relation to a higher level.

Zhai Fengjie, director of the Addis Ababa Confucius Institute, said the Ethiopian diplomats have participated in the two-month training program which focused on speaking and listening of the Chinese language.

Zhai expressed firm belief that the Ethiopian-Chinese relations would become stronger and closer.

"The Ethiopian officials were taught basic Chinese which can help them get more understanding of Chinese language and culture," she said.

Mahdi Ahmed, director general of the Middle East and Oceania Directorate with the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the training program significantly contributes to not only enhance communications but also boost the relations between the two countries.

He also requested the Chinese Embassy and the Institute to provide another chance of such training program to other Ethiopian diplomats.

"This is a special occasion in which we celebrate the graduation of our diplomats who have successfully completed the Chinese language training at basic level; I will also report to my ministry the importance of this course not only to the communication but at the same time the significance it can give to the bilateral relation between the two countries," said Mahdi.

"This is very essential for this program to continue; therefore I seize this opportunity to humbly request the Chinese Embassy to Ethiopia and the Addis Ababa Confucius Institute to allow our colleagues to get another chance to continue their studies in Chinese training," he said.

"The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided that the relation between Ethiopia and China should be enhanced; therefore the command in Chinese language is very much essential to achieve the desired result," he added.

Lam Gany Deng is one of the trainee diplomats from the Legal and Justice Office of the Ministry.He told Xinhua that he is very happy for having the chance to attend and successfully complete the Chinese language training at the Confucius Institute.

"I feel it very well. The training was very good; we all are excited about the training," said Lam.

He also said the training would help him a lot to communicate with Chinese community and learn more about Chinese language and culture.

Source: Xinhua

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