On May 24, 2023, President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Eritrea.
Xi Jinping noted that over the past 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, China-Eritrea relations have withstood changes in the international landscape, and the two sides have always been sincere and friendly to each other, made progress together, and firmly supported each other on issues related to respective core interests and major concerns. Not long ago, President Isaias paid a successful state visit to China. The two presidents had an in-depth exchange of views on further deepening bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of mutual interest and concern, and reached many important common understandings.
Xi Jinping stressed that he attaches great importance to the development of China-Eritrea relations and stands ready to work with President Isaias to take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to consolidate mutual support, strengthen all-round cooperation and take China-Eritrea strategic partnership to new levels.
Isaias said that Eritrea and China enjoy a time-honored friendship and China has provided moral and material support to the Eritrean people in their struggle for national independence. Over the past 30 years, Eritrea-China relations have continued to grow. Not long ago, he paid a successful state visit to China and had in-depth talks with President Xi Jinping. He was glad to see that the friendly cooperative relations between Eritrea and China have been elevated to a higher level, covering all-round cooperation and coordination in various fields. Isaias stressed that at this festive moment, he would like to once again express his firm confidence and good wishes for the prospect of Eritrea-China strategic relations.