Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao spoke highly of the development of friendly ties on Monday to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
A statement published by the Malian presidential office noted that Malian-Sino relations have steadily developed and witnessed a new impetus under the leadership of the two presidents.
"For the past 50 years, Sino-Malian relations have experienced constant growth and continued consultation on political, regional and international issues," President Toure affirmed in a message to his counterpart in China.
"I want to deliver our sincere gratitude to the government and people of China for the assistance they continue to give Mali in infrastructure, agriculture, health, education and human resource development," the Malian president added.
He holds confidence in the Forum for Sino-African Cooperation (FOCAC), which is a platform for consultations and collective dialogue between China and the African countries.
FOCAC offers a chance for the two governments to work closely in order to consolidate the achievements of many years of fruitful cooperation, the Malian leader said.【1】 【2】 http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2010-10/26/nw.D110000renmrb_20101026_1-01.htm?div=-1