Source: Xinhua/CRI

02-09-2009 16:06

Chinese President Hu Jintao will pay state visits to Saudi Arabia, Mali, Senegal, Tanzania and Mauritius from Feb. 10 to 17, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu announced.

This is Hu's first overseas trip in 2009, as well as his second African tour since the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2006.

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun introduced schedule of the trip.

- Saudi Arabia

During Hu's stay in Saudi Arabia from Feb. 10 to 12, he will meet with Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Abdul Rahman Al-Attiya to discuss cooperation between China and GCC member countries. Hu will also visit a cement production project constructed by Chinese companies in Riyadh.

Last year, China imported over 36 million tons of oil from Saudi Arabia, its biggest trading partner in the Middle East.

- Mali

Mali was the first sub-Saharan African country to establish diplomatic ties with China. During Hu's stay from Feb. 12 to 13, he will hold talks with President Amadou Toumany Toure and meet with President of the Malian National Assembly Dioncounda Traore.

Hu will attend the inauguration of a China bridge construction aid project in Bamako and the opening of a China-aided anti-malaria center. He will also visit Chinese medical teams sent to help local people.

- Senegal

In Senegal on Feb. 13 and 14, Hu will hold talks with President Abdoulaye Wade and meet leaders of the National Assembly and Senate.

Zhai said China had enjoyed smooth relations with Senegal since diplomatic relations were resumed in October 2005.

- Tanzania

Hu will visit Tanzania from Feb. 14 to 16. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. Hu will hold talks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and Zanzibar President Amani Abeid Karume, exchanging views on bilateral ties, the implementation of the measures announced in the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the global financial crisis.

Hu will also attend the completion ceremony of Tanzania's state stadium and visit a cemetery for Chinese experts.

- Mauritius

Hu will visit Mauritius on the last leg of this tour on Feb. 16 and 17. Relations had developed smoothly since the forming of diplomatic ties in 1972, Zhai said.

Hu will hold talks with Mauritian Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam and meet President Anerood Jugnauth, discussing international and regional issues of common concern. Hu will also visit a Chinese cultural centre.


Editor:Zhang Ning