|Wang Yi Meets with Advisor to Nicaraguan President on Investment, Trade and International Cooperation and Coordinator for Cooperation with China Laureano Ortega Murillo|
On February 11, 2023, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi met in Beijing with Advisor to Nicaraguan President and Coordinator for Cooperation with China Laureano Ortega Murillo.
Wang Yi said that for the past one plus year since the resumption of China-Nicaragua diplomatic relations, under the strategic guidance of the leaders of the two countries, cooperation between China and Nicaragua in various fields has enjoyed rapid advance, and our bilateral relations have gone ahead like overtaking on a bend, to the forefront of China's relations with Latin American and Caribbean countries. Facts prove that the resumption of China-Nicaragua diplomatic relations is a right decision as our time has come. It serves the interests of the two peoples, now benefits our people and will benefit more generations to come, and it will open up broader prospects and provide stronger momentum for the all-round development of bilateral relations.
Wang Yi said that China and Nicaragua have the same or similar positions on major issues of opposing imperialism, hegemonism, power politics and unilateral bullying. Both sides firmly safeguard their respective sovereign independence and territorial integrity, and firmly defend their national dignity and legitimate rights and interests. China thanks Nicaragua for firmly supporting China in safeguarding its core interests, and will also speak up for Nicaragua on the international arena. China and Nicaragua should be committed to common development, and China is ready to work with Nicaragua to strengthen exchanges between the two parties and of state governance experience, to enhance personnel exchanges, to speed up negotiations on a comprehensive free trade agreement, so as to promote the respective development while deepening mutually beneficial cooperation. China and Nicaragua should strengthen strategic coordination in international and regional affairs, and China is ready to work with Nicaragua to uphold fairness, speak up for justice, and safeguard the basic norms governing international relations, in particular the norm of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs. China expects Nicaragua to play an active role in promoting solidarity and cooperation between China and Latin American countries.
Laureano said that the Nicaraguan and Chinese people enjoy brotherly friendship. Since the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, bilateral cooperation in various fields has developed rapidly. Nicaragua thanks China for providing strong support in its fight against the pandemic as well as its economic and social development. Nicaragua firmly supports China in safeguarding national security and territorial integrity, and against external interference. Nicaragua stands ready to deepen inter-party exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation with China, advance negotiations on a comprehensive free trade agreement, and constantly push forward the development of bilateral relations. Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest and do business in Nicaragua. Nicaragua supports the Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative proposed by China, and is ready to strengthen coordination and cooperation with China in multilateral affairs.
The two sides also exchanged views on issues of mutual interest and concern.