China ready to support Ethiopia's post-conflict reconstruction, economic recovery: spokesperson
BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhua) -- China stands ready to support Ethiopia's post-conflict reconstruction and economic recovery to the best of its capability, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.
According to reports, Ethiopia's federal government just held a recognition event in Addis Ababa to honor those who have contributed to the country's peace process. Xue Bing, special envoy for the Horn of Africa Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, attended the event and was awarded a certificate of recognition by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Since November last year, Ethiopia saw the end of its internal conflict and the beginning of a peace process, which has since made sound progress, spokesperson Mao Ning said at a daily news briefing when answering a relevant query, adding this is a victory for unity and dialogue between the parties in Ethiopia and serves the interests of all Ethiopians.
"It is indeed a good cause worth celebrating. We once again send our warm congratulations to the people of Ethiopia," Mao said.
Noting Ethiopia is key to stability in the Horn of Africa, Mao said a peaceful and stable Ethiopia is of great significance for the region's lasting peace and security.
"China firmly supports Ethiopia in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity. At the same time, we have been actively promoting talks for peace and building consensus for peace," Mao said.
Noting the Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has been making active efforts for this and working together with regional countries, including Ethiopia, to implement the Outlook on Peace and Development in the Horn of Africa, Mao said the certificate of recognition awarded by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to the Chinese special envoy reflects high recognition of the Chinese side's important and constructive role.
"We also stand ready to work with all parties in the international community to pool wisdom and strength and turn the Horn of Africa into a region of peace, cooperation, and common development," Mao said.