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Chinese, Nigerien leaders hold talks, pledging closer cooperation

(Xinhua)

08:36, July 19, 2012

BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Nigerien counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou held talks in Beijing on Wednesday,pledging to further boost cooperation between the two nations.

"The China-Niger relationship has developed in a healthy and stable way over the past 16 years since the restoration of their diplomatic ties," Hu said, adding that he appreciates the Issoufou administration's friendly policy to China as well as its efforts to push forward cooperation between the two nations.

The Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with Niger to advance the bilateral ties in a sustainable way to benefit the people of the two nations on the basis of friendship, mutual respect, and equality and reciprocity, Hu told the visiting Nigerien leader.

Issoufou is in Beijing to attend the opening ceremony of the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on Thursday.

Hu proposed that the two sides should enhance their political mutual trust and support each other on major issues of both concern, deepen economic cooperation in pursuit of a reciprocal and win-win situation, and step up their cultural and people-to-people exchanges as well as coordination in regional affairs.

"The Chinese side appreciates and supports Niger's positive role in safeguarding regional peace and stability," said the Chinese leader.

For his part, Issoufou said he admires China for its great achievement of development and thanked the Asian nation for its support to Niger's economic and social development.

Niger is willing to maintain friendly interactions and boost reciprocal cooperation with China, Issoufou said.

Issoufou told Hu that Niger is working hard to improve its economy and reduce poverty in the country, and hopes to get China's support in related areas.

Issoufou said the Nigerien side highly appreciates China's adherence to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and believes that China's stance and efforts to establish a fair and rational international order is of vital importance to world peace and development.

Niger is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the Sahelian region and looks forward to enhanced cooperation with China, he added.

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