President of Eritrea to visit China

In this Sept 14, 2019 photo, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki arrives at the Khartoum Airport in Khartoum, Sudan. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING – President Isaias Afwerki of the State of Eritrea will begin his state visit to China on May 14 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Hua Chunying, spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, announced this on Friday.

In response to a question concerning the visit, Wang Wenbin, another foreign ministry spokesperson, said at a press briefing that Eritrea is an important country in the Horn of Africa, and China and Eritrea are traditionally friendly countries.

China-Eritrea relations were elevated to a strategic partnership in 2022, and this year is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, said Wang.

China and Eritrea have deepened political mutual trust, their practical cooperation has yielded fruitful outcomes, and they have maintained close communication and coordination concerning international and regional affairs, he said.

During the visit, President Xi will host a welcome ceremony and welcome banquet for President Isaias Afwerki, and the two heads of state will hold talks, Wang said.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang will also meet with President Isaias Afwerki, he said.

President Isaias Afwerki's visit will inject new impetus into the comprehensive and in-depth development of China-Eritrea relations, and push for new progress in their friendly cooperation, Wang said.