Xi extends congratulations to Ecuadorian president-elect

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-07 13:13:02|Editor: Zhang Dongmiao
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BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping extended congratulations to former Ecuadorian Vice President Lenin Moreno on Wednesday on his election as the country's head of state.

In a congratulatory message, Xi said China and Ecuador share a profound traditional friendship and enjoy close high-level exchanges and ever deepening cooperation in various fields.

In 2016, the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership and their relations entered a new phase of development, Xi added.

Xi said he attaches great importance to the development of China-Ecuador relations and hopes to work together with Moreno to further develop the relationship and bring more benefits to the two peoples.

Moreno won the presidency with a pledge to deepen social welfare programs initiated by his predecessor Rafael Correa.

KEY WORDS: Lenin Moreno