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More foreign leaders congratulate Li on endorsement as Chinese premier


08:18, March 22, 2013

BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- More foreign leaders have sent congratulations to Li Keqiang on his endorsement as Chinese premier.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, messages received Thursday included those from Beninese President Thomas Boni Yayi, Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir al-Thani, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, Chairman of Bahrain Consultative Council Ali Saleh al-Saleh, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Hamadoun Toure, and World Economic Forum President Klaus Schwab.

Li was endorsed as Chinese premier on March 15 at the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) annual session.

Also Thursday, Speaker of Bahraini House of Representatives Khalid Bin Ahmed al-Dhahrani, Chairman of Bahrain Consultative Council Ali Saleh al-Saleh, Speaker of the Polish Lower House (Sejm) Ewa Kopacz, the WHO's Chan, and the ITU's Toure congratulated Zhang Dejiang on becoming chairman of the NPC Standing Committee on March 14.

Benin's Economic and Social Council's President Nicolas Adagbe, Chairman of Bahrain Consultative Council Ali Saleh al-Saleh, the WHO's Chan, and the ITU's Toure also congratulated Yu Zhengsheng on his election as chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on March 11.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Bahrain Consultative Council Ali Saleh al-Saleh and World Economic Forum President Klaus Schwab congratulated Li Yuanchao on becoming China's vice president on March 14 at the NPC plenary meeting.

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