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Chinese Foreign Minister Visited Botswana



Mr. Li Zhaoxing, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, completed his 2-day visit to Botswana on 9 Jan. 2006. During his stay, he paid a courtesy call on Mr. Festus Mogae, President of Botswana. Minister Li commended the bilateral relations and promised China would further enhance the friendship and cooperation with Botswana as well as continue its support to Botswana under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. He said China would implement the Beijing Plan of Action for 2007 to 2009 adopted by the Heads of States at the Beijing Summit in a very serious manner. President Mogae appreciated China's help to Botswana. He said Botswana was willing to make joint efforts with China to implement the follow-up programs after the Beijing Summit. Hon. Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe said the two countries would cooperate further and more closely in various fields. He also commended the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the Beijing summit held last November. He promised the Botswana Government would support China reunification cause and unswervingly stick to the One China Policy. After their talks, Minister Li signed the Implementation Programme for the Cultural Cooperation Agreement for 2007 to 2009 as well as a Letter of Exchange for the Provision of grant to the Botswana Government in its efforts to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic with Mr. Moeng Pheto, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs and Mr. Baledzi Gaolathe, Minister of Finance and Development Planning respectively.

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