Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome (R) shakes hands with Gen. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC). (Mod.gov.cn/Li Xiaowei)
ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 23, (ChinaMil) -- Gen. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), paid an official goodwill visit to Ethiopia from November 21 to 23.
Fan Changlong said that Ethiopia has been a friendly country of China for a long time when holding talks with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome.
Thanks to the care and promotion of leaders of both countries, Fan said, the two sides have witnessed constantly strengthened political trust, deepened friendship between the two peoples, and fruitful pragmatic cooperation.
At present, Fan continued, the mil-to-mil relations between the two countries have been constantly deepened, with frequent high-level visits and fruitful exchanges and cooperation in personnel training, military medicine, the United Nations peacekeeping tasks and so forth.
Mulatu said China is the most important and reliable strategic partner of Ethiopia. China and Ethiopia enjoy broad common interests and similar development models, and China's great development achievements have provided a good reference for Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is willing to work with China to enhance political mutual trust, expand economic and trade exchanges, deepen defense exchanges and push bilateral ties between the two countries and militaries to a new level, Mulatu stressed.
Prior to the talks, Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa held a welcoming ceremony for Fan Changlong. The two sides had friendly and in-depth talks on deepening the bilateral military relations and reached important consensus on strengthening high-level exchanges and military medical cooperation.
Previously, Fan Changlong also held talks with Samora Yonus, chief of general staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces.
La Yifan, Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia, Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the Joint Staff Department under the CMC, You Haitao, deputy commander of the PLA Army, Ding Yi, deputy commander of the PLA Navy, and Chen Dong, deputy commander of the PLA Air Force, participated in the activities.