Wang Yi Holds Talks with Minister of African Integration and Ivorians Abroad Aly Coulibaly of Côte d’Ivoire

On May 22, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Minister of African Integration and Ivorians Abroad Aly Coulibaly of Côte d’Ivoire in Abidjan.

Wang Yi noted that China and Côte d’Ivoire enjoy a long-term friendship. Both sides have always enjoyed equal treatment and mutual respect, and supported each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns. In recent years, Côte d’Ivoire has maintained political stability, with rapid economic development and continuous and new achievements in national construction. China is willing to, under the framework of China-Africa ten major cooperation plans of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), take the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” as an opportunity to deepen cooperation in various fields with Côte d’Ivoire, and help Côte d’Ivoire gradually establish its own industrial system and improve its self-development capability, in a bid to make it enter the rank of emerging market economies at an early date. China is a sincere partner of Côte d’Ivoire and African countries, and share common ideal and pursuit with them. China will make efforts on the international stage as always to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Côte d’Ivoire, African countries as well as developing countries.

Aly Coulibaly expressed that as the most sincere friend and partner of Côte d’Ivoire, China has offered support and assistance during the whole process of the country’s national peace and development, which is an important embodiment of bilateral political mutual trust. Côte d’Ivoire is committed to enhancing bilateral relations, and deepening bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation in economy, trade, finance and other fields. The FOCAC Johannesburg Summit has elevated China-Africa relations to an unprecedented and new height, and the implementation of its outcomes has become a new engine for bilateral cooperation. The “Belt and Road” initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping conforms to the trend of the times and is conducive to the development of small and medium-sized countries. Côte d’Ivoire highly appreciates it and is willing to actively participate in it. Appreciating and supporting China’s Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, Côte d’Ivoire hopes to, on the basis of the principles, enhance and improve global governance and establish more fair and reasonable international orders. Côte d’Ivoire stands ready to, together with China, strengthen coordination and cooperation in such international affairs as the reform of the UN Security Council and climate change, and jointly safeguard the interests of African countries and developing countries.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

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Meeting of the Libya Quartet: Joint Communiqué

The European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the United Nations (UN) met in Brussels on 23rd May 2017 to assess developments in Libya since their last meeting in Cairo on 18th March 2017 and further coordinate their efforts to advance the political process and assist Libya in its democratic transition.

1. The European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the United Nations (UN) met in Brussels on 23rd May 2017 to assess developments in Libya since their last meeting in Cairo on 18th March 2017 and further coordinate their efforts to advance the political process and assist Libya in its democratic transition.
2. The meeting was chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Ms. Federica Mogherini and attended by the AU High Representative for Libya, former President Jakaya Kikwete, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Mr. Martin Kobler.
3. The Quartet reiterated its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya and its institutions under the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirat while renewing its call to cease contacts with parallel institutions outside the Libyan Political Agreement. It underscored the urgent need for a Libyan-led peaceful resolution of the political crisis and reiterated its rejection of the threat or use of armed force by any Libyan party as well as any foreign military intervention in Libya.
4. The Quartet strongly condemned the unprovoked attack on Brak al-Shati last week and expressed its serious alarm at reports of the high number of fatalities, including civilians, and of alleged summary executions. It stressed that such acts of violence constitute a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law and that the perpetrators must be held fully accountable. It called on all parties to refrain from further violence and any act that may undermine ongoing efforts to find a negotiated solution to the conflict.
5. The Quartet also expressed its concern about recent security incidents and threats of violence in Tripoli. It saluted efforts aimed at consolidating a reduction in tensions in the capital and welcomed the return of calm in the oil crescent. It called on the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord to continue to assert its authority and address security issues in the capital and elsewhere and called for renewed efforts among all parties to consolidate more durable security arrangements throughout the country.
6. Recognizing the importance of consolidating stability and security along Libya’s borders, the Quartet reiterated its support for Libyan and regional measures to improve border security and pledged to enhance coordination in this field.
7. The Quartet commended the efforts by the Constitutional Drafting Assembly to finalize a draft constitution and expressed its appreciation for the work made so far, most recently with the draft published on 16 April 2017. It called for the constitution-drafting process to be concluded as soon as possible to pave the way to general and presidential elections.
8. The Quartet continued to encourage all Libyan parties to engage in constructive and inclusive talks to fully implement the Libyan Political Agreement. It welcomed all efforts and encouraging progress resulting from recent meetings between Libyan stakeholders, in particular between Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Abu Dhabi on 2nd-3rd May 2017 and between the President of the House of Representatives, Agila Saleh and the President of the High State Council, Abdulrahman Sewehli in Rome on 21st April 2017.
9. The Quartet similarly welcomed the appointment of dialogue committees by both the House of Representatives and the High State Council and urged them to seek consensus on outstanding issues to ensure the full implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement. It reiterated its commitment to support these efforts and to work in a complementary manner to advance the UN-facilitated political process towards a comprehensive resolution of the crisis in Libya.
10. The Quartet expressed its appreciation for ongoing regional efforts to support the Libyan political process. It welcomed the final communique of the 11th meeting of Libya’s Neighbours held in Algiers on 8th May 2017, which reaffirmed support for a comprehensive political solution based on the Libyan Political Agreement.
11. The Quartet expressed its concern about the economic situation in Libya, underlining the need for the Libyan authorities to tackle the serious and urgent fiscal and monetary challenges facing the country. It encouraged all concerned stakeholders – in particular the Central Bank and the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord – to further cooperate and address these challenges, including through reforms, as developed within the framework of the Economic Dialogue.
12. The Quartet reiterated its support to the coordination role of the UN and encouraged the UN to take the lead in any effort to facilitate a limited amendment of the Libyan Political Agreement including the development.
and facilitation of a roadmap charting the way to a limited set of amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement, which are to be agreed as a package deal through a Libyan-led inclusive process. The Quartet also welcomed the series of activities and events convened by the UN to facilitate a national reconciliation process in Libya.
13. The Quartet recognized the important role of the African Union and welcomed the recent consultations the AU High Representative for Libya, former President Jakaya Kikwete, had with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and President of the House of Representatives, Agila Saleh, in Tripoli, and Bayda respectively. The Quartet looks forward to additional consultations by the High Representative in the coming weeks.
14. The Quartet recognized the responsibility of the League of Arab States to promote a peaceful resolution of the situation in Libya, and welcomed its determination to continue these efforts and achieve national reconciliation among all Libyans based on the Libyan Political Agreement as reiterated by the recent Arab Summit held on 29th March 2017. It also welcomed the mediation efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary General, including during his recent consultations in Tripoli, Tobruk and Bayda.
15. The Quartet welcomed the continuing support of the European Union aimed at accompanying Libya’s transition towards an inclusive democracy, in particular its efforts to foster stabilization and rehabilitation, including its substantial cooperation assistance package, as well as its enhanced cooperation and dialogue with Libyan authorities and institutions and international partners to enhance their capacity to address the challenges of irregular migration.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C..

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Eamon Gilmore addresses West African Parliamentarians on Northern Ireland and Colombia

Ireland deepening relations with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – a regional body comprised of 15 member states – reached a milestone last weekend with a high-level visit to the ECOWAS Parliament by Eamon Gilmore (Former Tánaiste/Minister for Foreign Affairs and currently the EU Special Envoy to the Colombian Peace Process).

Mr. Gilmore delivered two engaging lectures at a meeting with the Committee on Political Affairs, Peace and Security and to a plenary session of the Parliament on May 19th and May 20th, 2017, respectively. The highly interactive sessions offered the parliamentarians an opportunity for knowledge sharing on peace building and conflict resolution largely based on the Northern Ireland and Colombian experiences and how these lessons can be transferred to ongoing conflicts in West Africa – a region which is prone to fragility.

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President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire Meets with Wang Yi

On May 22, 2017, President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire met at Presidential Palace in Abidjan with Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly of Côte d’Ivoire attended the meeting.

Alassane Ouattara asked Wang Yi to convey his warm greetings to President Xi Jinping, and expressed that both sides enjoy a long-standing friendship, increasingly deepen cooperation in various fields. Bilateral relations can be called as a model of Africa-China friendship. Being proud of having such a trustworthy cooperation partner, Côte d’Ivoire admires China’s development achievements, and is willing to learn from China’s development experience. Côte d’Ivoire highly praises the ‘Belt and Road” initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping, and believes the initiative could benefit vast developing countries as well as middle and small countries. Alassane Ouattara said the country is willing to actively participate in it, and continuously explore new areas for bilateral cooperation under the frameworks of the “Belt and Road” and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Attaching importance to China’s international status, Côte d’Ivoire appreciates China’s diplomatic policies, and thanks China for playing an important role in safeguarding the interests of Côte d’Ivoire and African countries within the multilateral frameworks including the UN Security Council. The country believes that China is a stabilizer and catalyst of the cause of peace and development for mankind, hoping China could promote the international community to pay more attention to and care for African countries. The country adheres to the common stance of the African Union on the UN Security Council reform, and is ready to further enhance communication and coordination with China.

Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping’s greetings to Alassane Ouattara, expressed that both countries enjoy a long-term friendship, and China is a sincere friend and reliable partner of Côte d’Ivoire. In recent years, bilateral cooperation has showed the momentum of vigorous development. China has become the largest financing source and the third largest trading partner of Côte d’Ivoire, and bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation enjoys broad potential. In the next step, China is willing to help Côte d’Ivoire to speed up its industrialization process, uplift capacity in self-development, gradually get rid of the single development mode that depends on export of primary products, and provide assistance within its capability to the integration process of the West Africa. Wang Yi said that the “Belt and Road” initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping is an important public product for the international community, and also the largest international cooperation in current world. China welcomes Côte d’Ivoire and other African countries to participate in the “Belt and Road” construction. It is believed related construction works could mutually integrate with the implementation of China-Africa ten major cooperation plans, injecting new impetus into bilateral cooperation. China appreciates Côte d’Ivoire’s prominent role in advancing the integration of West Africa, and supports the country to play a more important role in African and international stages. The Chinese is stands ready to jointly safeguard the legitimate interests of African and developing countries with Côte d’Ivoire’s.

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