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Chinese premier holds talks with Lesotho PM

CHINA-BEIJING-LI KEQIANG-LESOTHO'S PM-TALKS (CN)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang holds a welcome ceremony for Lesotho's Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane before their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 6, 2018. (Xinhua/Ding Haitao)

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday held talks with Lesotho's Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane after the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation concluded Tuesday.

China is willing to expand trade and investment cooperation with Lesotho and enhance bilateral cooperation in key areas including energy, agriculture, and infrastructure on the basis of mutual benefit, said Li, encouraging competitive Chinese enterprises to invest in Lesotho.

Li said China is willing to enhance communication and coordination with Lesotho in international and regional affairs, jointly maintain multilateralism with the United Nations as the core and safeguard free trade.

Lesotho appreciates China's help and support in promoting its economic and social development, said Thabane, adding that Lesotho welcomes Chinese enterprises' investment and cooperation and will further optimize business environment.

Lesotho firmly adheres to the one-China principle, he said.

After the talks, Li and Thabane witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents.

[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]