KAMPALA, The Chinese Government'S Special Representative on African Affairs, Xu Jinghu, is in Uganda for talks with President Yoweri Museveni and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa.

Xu told the media here Thursday that her visit to Uganda was a highlight of strong the bilateral relations. "China and Uganda are good friends. We consult on many bilateral and international issues. We will strengthen and deepen co-operation in many areas such as energy and agriculture," she stated.

She was accompanied to the meetings by a delegation which included China's Ambassador to Uganda, Zheng Zhuqiang.

Xu is a veteran diplomat who once served as the Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry and China's ambassador to Madagascar, Morocco and Switzerland.

She confirmed discussing the South Sudan situation with the President shortly here arrival in Kampala on Wednesday. "We had an in-depth exchange of views on South Sudan. The three-year conflict has affected regional peace and resulted in a great number of refugees," she said.

The special envoy, who arrived here after stops in South Africa and Kenya, hailed Uganda's efforts to end the fighting in South Sudan, the world's youngest nation. "Uganda has played a positive role in resolving the crisis. We really appreciate this," she said, alluding to Uganda's peacekeeping presence and involvement in mediation efforts.

She is the second high-level diplomat in two days to credit Uganda's intervention in South Sudan, following that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who visited Uganda this week.



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