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Kenyan president meets with CPC delegation on friendly ties with China

(Xinhua)

14:06, March 28, 2012

NAIROBI, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President and head of the Party of National Unity (PNU) Mwai Kibaki on Tuesday met with Liu Qi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the CPC, on friendly ties between the two countries and the two parties.

Kibaki expressed his warm welcome to Liu and the CPC delegation led by him to Kenya, and asked Liu to convey his greetings to Chinese leaders.

Liu conveyed the greetings from Chinese President Hu Jintao to President Kibaki. He said China regards Kenya as an important cooperative partner in Africa, and is willing to work with Kenya to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields within the framework of China-Africa Cooperation Forum, so as to promote in- depth development of the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.

Liu spoke highly of the important role the PNU played in Kenya's political life. He reiterated the CPC is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with the major political parties of the East African country, including the PNU, and to promote friendly and cooperative relations between the two sides through inter-party exchanges.

Kibaki said Kenya attaches great importance to relations with China, expressing his appreciation to the long-term strong support from China.

He made positive comments on the mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields between the two countries, and expressed willingness to strengthen it, especially in infrastructure construction and agriculture.

The Kenyan leader hails the role China-Africa Cooperation Forum has played since its establishment in promoting bilateral cooperation and the development of Africa.

Regarding the inter-party relations, Kibaki said he is willing to actively seek closer exchanges and cooperation between his party and the CPC. He also reiterated that Kenya will always adhere to the one-China policy.

On the same day, Liu attended the opening ceremony of Beijing- Nairobi Innovation & Design Research Center and visited the Confucius Institute in Nairobi University. He also met with Achim Steiner, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, at the UN headquarters in Nairobi.

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