On January 6, 2022 local time, Secretary of State Wang Yi and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo met jointly with the media in Mombasa. One reporter asked how China sees the current state of the Horn of Africa.
According to Wang Yi, the Horn of Africa enjoys its unique strategic position and great potential for development. However, in recent years, the hotspot problem has intensified, sometimes leading to conflicts and conflicts. This is completely against the interests of the people of the Horn of Africa and should not continue any further. China advocates the “Peaceful Development Initiative in the Horn of Africa” to help the Horn of Africa achieve lasting stability, peace and prosperity, with three challenges: security, development and governance. We support regional countries working on.
First, we will strengthen dialogue within the region to overcome security challenges. Horn of Africa countries and people need to get rid of geographical competition between major countries and pursue a path of unity and self-improvement. Countries should put the fate of the region in their own hands through equal consultation. China proposes that regional countries hold conferences on peace in the Horn of Africa to discuss this issue in detail, reach political consensus, and coordinate common actions. China is ready to appoint a special envoy for the Horn of Africa issue of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide the necessary support for this process.
Second, accelerate regional revitalization to overcome development challenges. The two main axes, the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway and the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, should be expanded and strengthened with the aim of expanding to neighboring countries at the appropriate time. Meanwhile, it accelerates the development of the Red Sea and East African coasts, forms a “two-axis plus two coastal” development framework, accelerates the construction of industrial and economic zones, promotes employment and growth, and has independent development capabilities. And keep up with the pace of the times.
Third, we seek effective approaches to overcome governance challenges. China assists regional countries by seeking development paths that suit their situation, sharing useful experiences, and strengthening exchanges in governance and governance management to overcome governance bottlenecks. I am. Various ethnic, religious and regional conflicts need to be properly dealt with in African ways in order to create a unified, stable and harmonious development environment in the Horn of Africa.
Wang Yi is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and as a sincere partner in Africa, China pursues a greater synergistic effect between the Belt and Road Initiative and Africa’s development strategy. He emphasized the firm promotion of “One Program”. We will work together, make constant efforts and play a constructive role in the peace and development of the Horn of Africa.
Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.
Wang Yi talks about “Peaceful Development Initiative in the Horn of Africa”
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