China donates patrol boat to Ivory Coast

China has donated a patrol boat to the Ivory Coast to combat maritime crime and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

The vessel was handed over by Chinese Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Tang Weibin on 14 July, and accepted by Cote d’Ivoire’s defence minister Alain Donwahi. “This donation will allow the Navy of Cote d’Ivoire to take off. This is a major step in Sino-Ivorian cooperation,” Donwahi is reported by Xinhua as saying.

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