China and Djibouti on Thursday agreed to strengthen all-round cooperation, as Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted his Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Guellah for talks in Beijing.
Xi said China appreciates its relationship with Djibouti and is willing to work together to push cooperation in fields such as agriculture, healthcare services and the establishment of free trade zones.
Xi said the bilateral relationship exemplifies "solidarity and mutual assistance among developing countries".
Guelleh spoke highly of his country's relations with China, adding that Djibouti adheres to the One-China principle and is committed to developing a strategic partnership.
The African nation hosts China's first overseas military base, which opened on August 1 marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.
Following talks, Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong told reporters that China's base in Djibouti is to support naval escorts, UN peacekeeping operations, anti-piracy missions and the evacuation of Chinese nationals in case of emergencies.
The port was built following negotiations and shows China's commitment to its international obligations, Chen said.
Xi and Guellah witnessed the signing of a series of deals covering the economy, technology and agriculture.
Guellah, who arrived for a state visit to China on Wednesday, will stay until Friday.