Wang Yi Holds Video Talks with Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Liberata Mulamula

2022-03-20 22:00

On March 20, 2022, Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Liberata Mulamula paid a visit to China via video link, during which, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held video talks with her.

Wang Yi said that China-Tanzania friendship is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people and is unbreakable. When referring to Tanzania, the Chinese people will think of Tanzania-Zambia Railway (Tazara). We should carry forward the Tazara Spirit and firmly support and help each other no matter what difficulties or disturbances we encounter, so that the China-Tanzania and China-Africa friendship will always be full of vitality. China is willing to view its relations with Tanzania from a strategic and long-term perspective, guided by the important consensus reached between the two heads of state, continuously deepen the comprehensive cooperative partnership between the two countries and make greater contributions to the independent development of the African continent.

Mulamula congratulated China on the success of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. She said that Tanzania-China relations are at their best in history with fruitful results in practical cooperation in various fields. Tanzania is committed to making Tanzania-China relations a benchmark for Africa-China ties. Tanzania will continue to firmly adhere to the one-China principle, firmly support China's legitimate position, support China in safeguarding its core interests, and oppose external interference in China's internal affairs. Tanzania is ready to enhance bilateral friendly cooperation between the two countries and continuously push bilateral relations to new heights.

The two sides agreed to further align the Belt and Road Initiative with Tanzania's Development Vision 2025 and expand bilateral cooperation in agriculture, trade, investment, infrastructure and other fields.

The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in fighting COVID-19 and medical and health care. Mulamula thanked China for its strong support for Tanzania's fight against the pandemic and medical and health care. Wang Yi said, as the pandemic is still spreading around the world, China will provide more vaccines and send a new group of medical teams to Zanzibar as soon as possible if Tanzania needs them. The two sides agreed to continue exploring the mobilization of the Tazara railway, so that this landmark project of China-Africa friendship will make new contributions to the economic and social development of the African continent.

The two sides agreed to take the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Tanzania diplomatic ties in 2024 as an opportunity to summarize the valuable experience of bilateral exchanges and cooperation, enhance the design of celebration activities and inject strong impetus into the development of bilateral relations in the next 60 years.

The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, push for the implementation of the nine programs in Tanzania, and produce more concrete results. Mulamula thanked China for its contribution to Africa's economic recovery and sustainable development, and spoke highly of China's establishment of green lanes for African agricultural exports to China and zero-tariff treatment for African products. Wang Yi stressed that China will be always a reliable partner for Africa's development and revitalization.

The two sides also had an in-depth exchange of views on international issues and agreed that under the current complex and turbulent international situation, developing countries should strengthen solidarity and coordination, uphold multilateralism, and jointly resist the tide of unilateralism, to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries and uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.