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China cooperates further with Tunisia: VP


15:18, April 17, 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem in Beijing, capital of China, April 17, 2012. ( Jiapeng)

BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping pledged Tuesday to further cooperation with Tunisia following the North African country's "historical transformation" last year.

"China will work with Tunisia to push forward substantial cooperation in various fields so as to constantly promote friendly and cooperative ties and benefit the two countries and peoples," Xi said while meeting with Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem.

China respected the will and choice of the Tunisian people after the "historical transformation" last year, Xi told Abdessalem, who is in Beijing for his first official visit to China.

Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in January 2011. The North African nation, after several months of political turmoil, elected the Constituent Assembly in October which has endorsed a national unified government.

"I believe that Tunisia, with joint efforts from the government and the people, will make new achievements in its national construction," Xi said.

Xi hailed the mutual understanding and sincere cooperation between the two countries since the diplomatic ties were forged in 1964, saying the two states were facing "new opportunities" for development.

Agreeing with Xi, Abdessalem said his country cherished the traditional friendship and relationship with China and appreciated China's support for Tunisians.

Tunisia would work with China to bolster mutually beneficial cooperation in the future, he said.

The two sides also discussed the situations in the West Asian and North African regions.

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