Chinese Premier to visit Nigeria, 3 other African nations

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– Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, will Tuesday, 6, commence visits to Nigeria, Ethiopia, Angola and Kenya.

Li, disclosed planned visits in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Chinese Consulate-General in , said visits would be his first to Africa since his assumption of office.

Chinese premier said that he would spend days in Nigeria before going to Ethiopia, Angola and Kenya.

“In a few days, I will pay an official visit to Ethiopia and the Headquarters of the African Union (AU), Nigeria, Angola and Kenya.

“This is the first time I will be setting foot Africa as Premier of China’s State Council, and it is my first visit this year.

“I believe this visits will be one of cooperation and solidarity the basis of our past traditions.

“I will tread the path of friendship previously paved by the older generation of Chinese and African leaders,’’ he said.

The Chinese premier expressed optimism that the visits would strengthen the existing China and Africa relations.

Li said that the visits would give him the to hold fruitful discussions the countries’ Presidents on China’s new planned areas of strengthening bilateral ties them.

The Premier added that he would also be addressing the AU on his country’s approach to and on advancing China-Africa relations.

“I hope that through my visits, the 1 billion Africans will better understand that the 1.3 billion Chinese are always sincere friends and reliable ,’’ he said.

Li said that the visits would also give him the to meet Chinese nationals and in the countries to be visited. (NAN)