Addis Ababa September 24/2020 (ENA) The outgoing ambassador of China to Ethiopia appreciated the solidarity of the governments and other people of Ethiopia and China in the course of the difficult instances of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
In an unique interview with ENA, Ambassador Tan Jian stated the pleasant relations between China and Ethiopia withstood different attempting instances too.
COVID-19 hit laborious each Ethiopia and China within the 12 months 2020 and the nations have been dealing with daunting challenges, the ambassador acknowledged, including that “true friendship however stands out in difficult times.”
Throughout this tough time Ethiopia confirmed its solidarity with China; and China additionally supplied help to Ethiopia, the outgoing ambassador stated.
“Many of the decisions, like not suspending Ethiopian Airline flights, were not easy. The Ethiopian Airline was under tremendous pressure from domestic and outside. So this is really a relationship that has stood the test of time,” Ambassador Jian underlined.
The Ethiopian folks and their authorities have supplied invaluable and well timed help in the course of the vital second of China’s combat towards the pandemic, he famous.
In response to him, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was the primary African chief who took the initiative to have a phone dialog with China’s President Xi Jinping.
“Against all odds and mounting pressures, the direct flight routes between our two countries have never been severed. And as a result of the sober and wise decision, not a single imported case was from China; and Ethiopian Airlines became among the few airlines that remain profitable during this trying time,” he elaborated.
Mutual belief is the stable base of the diplomatic ties between the nations that can have a good time the 50th anniversary of their relations, the outgoing ambassador stated.
“Whenever we see Ethiopians, we see them as friends, trustworthy friends. And we know that a friend in need is a friend indeed. In difficult times, we can count on each other to get through it. So, we call it Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership because it is solid and based on mutual trust,” Jian careworn.
Moreover the outgoing ambassador famous that growing nations like Ethiopia will find yourself on the very low provide chain until they spend money on industrialization and infrastructure.
“So this is an area that we would like to cooperate further and deepen our cooperation. My embassy has been encouraging Chinese companies to invest in Ethiopia because this is the gateway to Africa, and south-south cooperation,” Ambassador Jian identified.
Ethiopia and China established diplomatic ties in 1970.