Somalia, China sign new agreement in Beijing

BEIJING (Caasimada Online)- Somalia’s president has held talks with his China counterpart, Xi Jinping in Beijing, ahead of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo commended President Xi Jinping on his reform policies that led China towards sustainable progress.

The presidents discussed on bilateral relations, multilateral cooperation, trade and investment and new goals towards economic cooperation.

In a statement, Mr. Farmajo says China’s historic relations with Somalia which has always been based on mutual objectives and strong friendship.

He said: “We recognized China’s invaluable contribution, and encouraged further engagement in development support, investment and trade links between China and Somalia.”

For his part, President Xi Jinping welcomed the latest progress, political and economic reform agenda made by Somali president.

The leaders also discussed Somalia’s participation in FOCAC and the potential of the Belt and Road Initiative which will enhance connectivity and promote economic development.

Somalia had signed an MOU to join the Belt and Road Initiative as well as an agreement on enhancing Economic and Technical Cooperation in Beijing.

The agreement was jointly signed by Somali Foreign Minister, Ahmed Isse Awad and Commerce and Industry Minister Mohamed Abdi Hayir, according to the statement.

The leaders, however, reaffirmed commitments to build on the existing cooperation, pursue new frontiers in economic connections and other partnerships in development initiatives.

Caasimada Online
Mogadishu News Desk