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Xi arrives in Senegal for state visit

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-07-21 23:39
President Xi Jinping attends a grand welcome ceremony held by Senegalese President Macky Sall at the airport in Dakar, Senegal, July 21, 2018.[Photo/Xinhua]

DAKAR - President Xi Jinping arrived here Saturday for the first state visit to Senegal by a Chinese head of state in nine years.

Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were warmly received by Senegalese President Macky Sall and his wife Marieme, as well as Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne at the airport.

Sall held a grand welcome ceremony in Xi's honor.

Xi, on behalf of the Chinese government and the people, conveyed cordial greetings and good wishes to the government and the people of Senegal.

He said it is his fourth visit to Africa since he assumed office as Chinese president in 2013, and that Senegal is the first stop of his ongoing African tour and his first visit to a West African country as Chinese president.

China and Senegal are good friends and good partners, he said, adding that in recent years, bilateral relations have enjoyed rapid development with fruitful results in cooperation in various areas.

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