China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs concludes 48-hour visit to São Tomé and Príncipe

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of China is due on Tuesday to attend an audience with the President of the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Evaristo Carvalho and later with Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada, after starting a 48-hour visit to the West African archipelago on Monday.

Minister Wang Yi on Monday held a working meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with his counterpart Urbino Botelho and said that the visit was intended “to take stock of the last 12 months of cooperation” and to analyse future bilateral cooperation actions.

Before the arrival of the Chinese minister, the São Tomé foreign minister said that the government “expects great results from this visit, which is the first to São Tomé and Príncipe by a foreign minister of China,” according to the STP-Press news agency.

In addition to the general cooperation programme, the two countries also have specific agreements in the energy, tourism, health and fisheries sectors, with China expressing an interest in taking part in the construction of the deep-water port and in the modernisation of the international airport of São Tomé.

Last week, 25 Chinese technicians completed their respective missions in SSão Tomé and Príncipe, specifically in the areas of agriculture, livestock, energy and health, and an official farewell was held at the Chinese embassy attended by Ambassador Wang Wei and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Minister Teodorico Campos said that this group of Chinese experts, who had been in São Tomé and Príncipe for 12 months, will be replaced by another group, which is expected to arrive shortly in the São Tomé capital as part of the specialised technical assistance cooperation agreement.

Ambassador Wang Wei noted the “successful” repair of generators at the Santo Amaro power station, as well as the provision of health services, including actions for malaria control. (macauhub)