Interdependence between peace-security and development should feature high in China-Africa partnership, said Monday in Addis Ababa President of the African Union Peace & Security Council Mohamed Arrouchi.
Arrouchi who is Morocco’s permanent representative to the AU and UNECA made the statement at a seminar, held under the theme, “Sustaining Traditional Friendship: Achievements and prospects of China-Africa cooperation.”
The Moroccan diplomat called for the implementation of the 2019-2021 Beijing Action Plan and the major initiatives of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as a means of fostering development, peace and security in Africa, through a win-win partnership and south-south cooperation.
Reiterating the vision of King Mohammed VI who puts the development and prosperity of African citizens at the heart of common African action, he highlighted the role that Morocco could play in the implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative and in a triangular cooperation involving China-Morocco-Africa.
Addressing the seminar, China’s Ambassador to AU Liu Yuxi said China and Africa would continue to embrace the future with joint hands, although the contemporary world is going through tremendous changes unseen in the past century.
“Despite complicated and profound changes in international situation, China-Africa cooperation for common win is pressing ahead vigorously. China will preserve in the global aspiration of China-Africa cooperation and work with the African side to implement the outcomes of the FOCAC summit to build a closer community of shared future,” said the ambassador.
“We will strengthen cooperation in international and regional affairs, and step up efforts to align development strategies so that the practical achievements will benefit more people for a bright future of China-Africa cooperation.” He added.
Other speakers at the seminar lauded the China-Africa partnership and cooperation in various areas, where China has proven to be a real strategic partner with Africa.
The seminar was jointly organized by the Chinese Mission to the AU, and the Ethiopia-based Center for Dialogue, Research, and Cooperation (CDRC).