The two foreign ministers spent Tuesday morning in private discussions in Pretoria. Topics discussed are related to the progress on establishment of the BRICS development bank regional office in South Africa.
They also talked about the progress made on the 10-Year Strategic Framework on Cooperation signed in Beijing last year, as well as preparations for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, taking place in South Africa later this year.
“We are satisfied with the discussions that took us almost the whole day, focusing on the implementation of all the commitments we have made in strengthening these strategic and comprehensive partnerships as declared in Beijing,” Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said.
“Madam foreign minister and I reached in principle consensus on the key areas. And we will urge the teams on both sides to accelerate the alignment of friends and to launch the specific preparatory work,” said Wang Yi.
“China is ready to launch a policy white paper at an appropriate time before the FOCAC meeting to comprehensively expand on the new concepts, approaches and prospects of the Chinese government, strengthening our cooperation with Africa.”