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PORTUGUESE FOREIGN MINISTER HOLDS TALKS WITH VISITING CHINESE COUNTERPART

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LISBON, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva has held talks here with his visiting Chinese counterpart and State Councillor Wang Yi during which they agreed to enhance bilateral co-operation.

Wang said China highly valued China-Portugal relations and would like to deepen high-level contacts with Portugal during their meeting Friday.

China stands ready to synergize its Belt and Road Initiative and Portuguese development strategies to give full play to their respective advantages, and strengthen co-operation in trade, investment, energy, finance and other fields, he added.

Meanwhile, both countries will tap new co-operation potentials, broaden maritime co-operation, thus injecting powerful impetus into China-Portugal ties, Wang said.

Both sides should continue to make good use of the China-Portugal Forum to expand co-operation in third-party markets in Africa, Latin America and other areas, and boost exchanges in international and regional affairs.

Silva said China’s investment was reliable and had played a key role in creating jobs and promoting economic development in Portugal. The Belt and Road Initiative had bright prospects, he said, and was of great significance in promoting regional inter-connectivity and achieving common development and prosperity.

Portugal would like to actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, and deepen co-operation in trade, investment, education, culture and other fields through the Portugal-China forum to achieve more pragmatic results.

Portugal is the third leg of Wang’s four-nation trip, which has taken him to France and Spain and will take him to Argentina. The Chinese foreign minister also met Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Antonio Costa in Lisbon. — NNN-XINHUA

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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