A delegation from China paid an official visit to the new President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa in the capital, Harare.
The envoy was composed of high dignitaries from the Chinese government, led by the Assistant Foreign Minister, Chen Xiaodong.
Chen conveyed a congratulatory message from Chinese President Xi Jinping to President Mnangagwa.
Xi in his message said that relations between China and Zimbabwe are of great importance.
He promised that his country will continue to focus on practical results and bilateral relations in its friendship with the African nation.
President Xi also noted that all agreements will be mutually beneficial to both countries, and will promote development in various fields.
President Mnangagwa on his part pledged to continue enhancing the relations between the two countries.
“There have always been very warm relations between the Republic of Zimbabwe and People’s Republic of China. My duty is to continue to consolidate and cement that relationship. I believe that also the People’s Republic of China is anxious that we continue to develop and consolidate this warm relationship that’s existing between us”, he said.
Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s President on Friday, November 24, 2017, becoming the country’s only second head of state after Robert Mugabe.
His ascension to the presidency came on the back of a military takeover, which forced Robert Mugabe to resign, ending his 37-year rule.
Source: Jerry Owilli / CGTN Africa