Pyongyang, July 14 (KCNA) — Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju hosted a banquet on Wednesday in honor of Councilor of the State Council of China Tang Jiaxuan, special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Pak Pong Ju in a speech said the DPRK feels satisfied with the fact that both sides had a frank exchange of views on the issue of rejuvenating the visits of high-level delegations and steadily boosting the bilateral ties and issues of mutual concern including the nuclear issue and reached the common understanding of strengthening cooperation.
This once again clearly proves at home and abroad that the DPRK-China friendship that has stood all trials of the history has steadily grown strong in the spirit agreed upon between the top leaders of both countries in the new century, too, despite the complicated international situation, he said.
He expressed belief that the traditional bilateral friendly ties would grow stronger and develop dynamically in all fields thanks to the concerted efforts exerted by the parties, governments and peoples of the two countries.
Tang Jiaxuan in his speech said that today General Secretary Kim Jong Il spared time despite his tight schedule to cordially receive his delegation and said important words as regards the traditional Sino-DPRK relations of friendship and cooperation and international and regional issues of common concern. This suffices to prove that he, the WPK and the DPRK government set greatest store by the matter of boosting the bilateral relations and strengthening cooperation in handling crucial international and regional issues, he added.
It is the steadfast strategic policy of the Chinese Party and government to steadily consolidate and develop the traditional Sino-DPRK friendship and cooperation, he said, adding that they would as ever maintain good communication and cooperation with the Korean friends and exert every effort to develop the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.
Present on invitation were Wu Donghe, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, Chen Jinyu, deputy secretary general of the State Council, Wu Dawei, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Liu Hongcai, deputy head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, An Min, vice-minister of Commerce, Chen Xiaogong, deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the C.C., the CPC, and other suite members.
Also present there were Kang Sok Ju, first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Pak Kyong Son, vice department director of the Central Committee of the WPK, Kim Kye Gwan and Kim Yong Il, vice-ministers of Foreign Affairs, and officials concerned.
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