January 11,2022 (ENA) China is willing to put forward the Initiative of Peaceful Development in the Horn of Africa and support regional countries in addressing the triple challenges of security, development and governance, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
According to a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in Addis Ababa, the initiative will support the Horn of Africa in realizing lasting stability, peace and prosperity.
It is to be recalled that State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Eritrea, Kenya and the Comoros in early January 2022.
During the visit, Wang Yi talked about how China views the current situation in the Horn of Africa and proposed the Initiative of Peaceful Development in the Horn of Africa.
He said the Horn of Africa enjoys a unique strategic position and great development potential.
To support the Horn of Africa in realizing lasting stability, peace and prosperity, China is willing to put forward the Initiative of Peaceful Development in the Horn of Africa and support regional countries in addressing the triple challenges of security, development and governance.
Countries and people in the Horn of Africa should get rid of the geographical competition among major countries and firmly pursue a path of unity and self-improvement, the statement from the embassy added.
The countries should take the region’s destiny into their own hands through equal-footed consultation, it stated.
China suggested that regional countries hold a conference on the peace in the Horn of Africa to conduct in-depth discussions about this issue, reach political consensus and coordinate common actions.
According to the statement, China is willing to appoint a Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide necessary support for this process.
The statement stated that to accelerate regional revitalization to overcome development challenges, the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway and the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway should be enlarged and enhanced with the aim of expanding to neighboring countries at an opportune moment.
“Meanwhile, the development of the Red Sea coast and East Africa coast should be accelerated, so as to form a development framework of ‘two axes plus two coasts’, speed up the construction of industrial belt and economic belt, create more employment and growth, improve independent development capacity and catch up with the pace of the times.”
China will support regional countries in exploring development paths suited to their own national conditions and in strengthening exchanges in governance and administration of state affairs to share useful experience and overcome governance bottlenecks, it was pointed out.
According to the statement, various ethnic, religious and regional disputes should be properly handled in an African way so as to create a united, stable and harmonious development environment in the Horn of Africa.
Wang Yi emphasized that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a sincere partner of Africa, China will seek greater synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and Africa’s development strategies, solidly promote the ‘nine programs’ of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, and make unremitting efforts and play a constructive role in peace and development in the Horn of Africa.