DJIBOUTI, Nov. 9 (ChinaMil) -- Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh met on Saturday with General Fang Fenghui, chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), who is on an official goodwill visit to Djibout.
The friendship between Djibouti and China has a long history and in recent years, the two countries have witnessed fruitful cooperation in political, economic, security and other fields, Guelleh said.
China is a responsible major country and we would like to reiterate that the Djibouti government will always adhere to the one-China principle and unswervingly develop friendly cooperative relations with China, Guelleh noted, adding that Djibouti and China are friends now and will always be friends.
Fang Fenghui first conveyed cordial greetings and good wishes from Chinese President Xi Jinping to President Guelleh. Promoted by the Presidents of the two countries, the China-Djibouti bilateral state and military relations are developing smoothly in recent years, Fang said.
China appreciates the Djibouti government’s long-term adherence to the one-China principle and its support in the issues concerning Tibet and Xinjiang, Fang said. China also thanks the Djibouti government for its support to the Chinese naval escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast as well as the evacuation of Chinese nationals from Yemen, Fang continued.
China attaches great importance to its relations with Djibouti and is willing to strengthen high-level exchange, enhance strategic mutual trust and deepen pragmatic cooperation between the two countries and two militaries, Fang stressed.
On the same day, Djibouti's Foreign Minister Yusuf and Defense Minister Hassan met respectively with General Fang Fenghui.
General Zakaria, chief of staff of the Djibouti Armed Forces, held talks on Saturday with General Fang Fenghui and exchanged views on issues of common concern.
Before their meeting, Zakaria held a welcoming ceremony for Fang Fenghui.
Chinese Ambassador to Djibouti Fu Huaqiang, the PLA Air Force Deputy Commander Zhang Jianping and Chief of Staff of the PLA Navy Qiu Yanpeng attended the above meetings.