ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his condolences to Chinese President Xi Jinping over the passing of the former leader of China Jiang Zemin.
Zamin, who presided over a decade of China’s explosive economic growth, passed away on Nov. 30, 2022, at the age of 96. The causes of death included leukemia and multiple organ failure, according to Xinhua News Agency.
In a letter sent to Xi late last week, PM Abiy said, on behalf of Ethiopia, he expressed “his profound sorrow” to the People and Government of China, as well as “heartfelt sympathies” to the bereaved families of President Jiang.
“At this time of national mourning, we join in solidarity with the people and government of the People’s Republic of China,” the letter reads.
Zemin, a trained engineer and former head of China’s largest city of Shanghai, served as President of China from 1993 to 2003.
His economic reform led China to high-speed growth. He oversaw the peaceful handover of Hong Kong in 1997, and China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001 which intertwined the country with the global economy.
On Tuesday, China bid farewell to Zemin as people across the country observed three minutes of silence for the former president. The public memorial service was also held in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, with President Xi and other top leaders attending.
Zemin is survived by his wife Wang Yeping and their two sons.
Featured Image: A memorial meeting for Jiang Zemin was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 6, 2022. (Photo Xinhua)