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Speech by Ambassador Qin Jian to Somalia at the Press conference on a visit to Puntland State of Somalia +Pict

Garowe(SONNA) Today, I am very happy to visit the beautiful Puntland, one of the important states in Somalia. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, I would like to take this opportunity to extend cordial greetings and good wishes to the government and people of Puntland State, and sincerely thank the government and people of Puntland State for their long-term support and warm and friendly reception to our visit.

This is my second visit to Puntland State. When setting foot on this beautiful land, we feel the friendship of Puntland State. The purpose of my visit is to enhance the friendship between the Chinese and Somali people, investigate the investment and business environment in Puntland State, and promote investment cooperation between the two sides.

In the first half of this year, Mr. Deni, President of Puntland State, visited Zhejiang Province of China.

The two sides discussed areas for strengthening cooperation, enhanced mutual understanding and deepened friendship. I would extend the appreciation to President Deni and the government of Puntland State for their efforts to develop friendly and cooperative relations with the Chinese side.

Somalia is a beautiful country with great development potential. Somalia is in the international important shipping channel of the Mediterranean Suez Canal-Red Sea and its geographical position is unique.

Somalia is close to the Middle East and Europe, and it has its obvious advantages in the Indian Ocean,Somalia is a country with a large land and plenty of its great potential to develop wind and solar energy,Somalia has more than 3300 kilometers of coastline, many natural ports, and the development of maritime shipping is unparalleled. Somalia has a vast sea area, rich fishery resources, broad prospects for the development of blue economy and marine industry.

There are abundant labor resources and young people account for a high proportion of the population in the Somalia.

Somalia has its rich resources in tourism and is an ideal place for the development of tourism industry. Somalia also has a large number of overseas patriots, who are important investors in Somalia,The most the important is the Somali people are diligent, intelligent and creative. These are a country with full of hope and bright prospects.

China and Somalia enjoy a long friendship. As early as 600 years ago, China's famous navigator led his fleet to visit Mogadishu, opening a history of friendly exchanges between the two peoples. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1960, the friendly cooperation between the two countries in various fields has achieved fruitful results.

China has helped Somalia to build 89 projects, such as the National Grand Theatre, the National Stadium, the hydropower station and the highway from Mogadishu to Boosaaso, which have promoted the economic and social development of Somalia.

Somalia firmly supported the restoration of the legitimate seat of the people's Republic of China in the UN in that year.

The monument of friendship stands firmly in the hearts of the two peoples. Since 1991, China has actively supported the peaceful development of Somalia, and the Chinese government and people have provided support and assistance within their capabilities in the areas of humanitarian assistance, human resources development and government scholarships studying in China.

China and Somalia are the sincere and friendly partners with great potential for cooperation and broad prospects for development.

The Chinese side is pleased to see that with the efforts of the federal government and people of Somalia under the leadership of President Mohammed, Somalia has made positive progress, and sincerely wishes Somalia greater achievements in the process of peace and reconstruction,the Chinese side will continue to adhere to the principles of sincerity, practical results, amity and good faith towards Africa and uphold the values of friendship, justice and shared interests which are proposed by President Xi Jinping, follow the ideas of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, learning from each other, win-win cooperation, and pursue the idea of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development to develop relations with Somalia.

The Chinese side is willing to encourage Chinese companies to invest in Somalia, under the framework of the Beijing summit of the China and Africa Cooperation Forum and the Belt and Road initiative, and strengthen the cooperation between the two sides so as to promote mutual benefit and achieve common development and benefit the two countries and two peoples.

China is willing to work with the international community to continue to promote the peaceful development of Somalia. Unity is a source of strength, Somalia people cherish peace and yearn for development, we hope that the Somali people will unite and work together to achieve national prosperity and revitalization.

China and Somalia have always respected and supported each other, and China has never interfered in other countries' internal affairs. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, after 70 years of hard work, China has developed into the world's second largest economy, with more than 700 million people out of poverty. Under the complicated and changeable international economic situation, under the guidance of Xi Jinping's Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, in the first three quarters of this year, China's economy has remained stable overall, reform and opening up has been comprehensively deepened, and stable employment, stable finance, stable foreign trade, stable foreign investment, stable investment and stable lead time have achieved positive results. China's economy has great development resilience, potential, room for manoeuvre and huge market. It has great development potential and will grow better in the long run. China is willing to share development experience with Somalia to achieve common development and benefit the two countries and peoples.

Source: Somali National News Agency