China and Benin mark 50th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Beninese President Patrice Talon on Thursday exchanged congratulatory messages over the 50th anniversary of the restoration of China-Benin diplomatic relations.

Since the restoration of diplomatic ties half a century ago, China and Benin have always been sincere and friendly, and firmly supported each other on issues related to each other's core interests and major concerns, Xi said. 

At present, China-Benin relations enjoy a sound momentum of development, and the two sides have achieved fruitful cooperation in various fields, bringing tangible benefits to the peoples of both countries, Xi said. 

Xi said he attaches great importance to the development of China-Benin relations and is ready to work with President Talon to deepen cooperation in various fields within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, so as to promote the bilateral relations to a new level. 

Talon said he is satisfied with the fruitful cooperation between the two countries over the past 50 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations.

Talon added that he is willing to work with President Xi to build a dynamic and stronger bilateral relationship, expressing his belief that the unbreakable Benin-China cooperation will surely achieve greater results.

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