Pyongyang, July 12 (KCNA) — The Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and the Central Committee of the Korea-China Friendship Association co-hosted a reception at the Chongryu Restaurant Monday evening on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the DPRK-China Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance.
Kim Su Hak, minister of Public Health who is chairman of the central committee of the association, said in his speech that President Kim Il Sung and Premier Zhou Enlai inked the historic treaty 44 years ago, laying a foundation for comprehensively developing the bilateral ties in the political, economic, cultural and other fields.
The traditional friendly relations between the DPRK and China have developed at a new higher stage in the spirit of the agreement reached between the two top leaders in April 2004, he noted, adding that it is the invariable stand of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the DPRK government to consolidate the bilateral ties of friendship generation after generation.
Wu Donghe, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, in his speech said that the two countries have respected and supported each other, maintained the good neighborliness and closely cooperated with each other in the spirit of the treaty, thereby making a positive contribution to the peaceful development of the two countries and the regional peace and stability.
The heroic Korean people have registered great successes in different fields under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Il this year, the 60th anniversaries of the WPK and Korea’s liberation, he noted, wishing the fraternal Korean people greater success in building a great prosperous powerful nation.
Present there on invitation were staff members of the Chinese embassy here and the members of the delegation of the Communist Party of China headed by Xi Jinping, member of the Central Committee of the CPC who is also secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the CPC, and the members of the delegation of the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament led by its Vice-President Liu Jingqin now on a visit to the DPRK.
Present there were Kim Yong Il, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Ri Ryong Nam, vice-minister of Foreign Trade, and officials concerned.
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