（中外新闻社 中外新闻网记者 陈熹 崔颖 孟庆玺）9月23日，中国人民对外友好协会2023“友好日”活动在京举办。中国人民对外友好协会会长杨万明、纳米比亚驻华大使凯亚莫在开幕式上致辞，中外新闻社总裁韦燕同来自五大洲68个国家大使和参赞出席。1000余名中外嘉宾欢聚一堂，感受多元文化的魅力。
On September 23, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) 2023 “Friendship Day” event was held in Beijing. The newly appointed President of CPAFFC Mr. Yang Wanming and the Ambassador of Namibia to China, H.E. Mr. Elia G. Kaiyamo delivered speeches at the opening ceremony. Mrs. Wei Yan, President of Home and Abroad News Press, attended the event with ambassadors and counselors of 68 countries. More than 1,000 guests from China and foreign countries gathered together to enjoy multiculturalism.
President Yang Wanming met with ambassadors of various countries before the opening ceremony. He said that over the past 70 years since the founding of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), Chinese and foreign friends from five continents have walked hand in hand with us, and have built up profound friendships through pursuing peace, friendship, cooperation and development together. The “Friendship Day” event is organized to thank Chinese and foreign friends for our profound friendship, and at the same time to build a platform of cooperation and friendship for all people around the world.
Mr. Yang Wanming said that civilizations learn from each other through exchanges and promote development through mutual learning. At a time when the future and destiny of all countries are closely intertwined, it is only through inclusive coexistence of different civilizations, equal exchanges, mutual learning and mutual appreciation that we can create a better world of lasting peace and common prosperity. The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) is committed to enhancing the understanding and friendship between Chinese and foreign people, promoting "people-to-people and heart-to-heart" relationship, and we are willing to join hands with people from all walks of life to create a better world where each country maintains and enjoys its own unique culture and all cultures can be shared together through win-win cooperation and common development.
Based on the order of the date of presentation of the credentials, Ambassador of Namibia to China H.E. Mr. Elia G. Kaiyamo, as the presentative of all foreign guests, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. He said that wherever is amity, peace, love and tranquility, there must be friendship. Friendship is very important because it breaks down stereotypes and other barriers, and friendly relations on a global scale help to promote the connectivity of people from different cultural backgrounds.
President Wei Yan accompanied the Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club members enjoying the "Friendship Day" event in the CPAFFC garden and appreciating the traditional Chinese intangible cultural heritage arts and crafts, tasting Chinese and foreign cuisines, watching the cultural performances with unique historical flavor and ethnic customs, and experiencing the "Mystery Cure" of Chinese traditional medical treatments. Ambassador of Turkey to China H.E. Mr. İsmail Hakkı Musa, Ambassador of Switzerland to China H.E. Mr. Jürg Burri, Ambassador of Mauritius to China H.E. Mr. Alain Wong Yen Cheong, Ambassador of Moldova to China, H.E. Mr. Dumitru Braghis, Ambassador of Bangladesh to China, H.E. Md. Jashim Uddin, Ambassador of Namibia to China H.E. Dr. Elia G. Kaiyamo, Ambassador of Botswana to China H.E. Mr. Batlang Comma Serema, Ambassador of Nicaragua to China H.E. Dr. Michael Campbell, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Lesotho to China H.E. Dr. Kenneth Sentle Rabale, Ambassador of Suriname to China H.E. Mrs. Pick Fung Ho-Chong, Ambassador of D. R. Congo to China H.E. Dr. Balumuene Nkuna François, the Ambassador of Guyana to China H.E. Ms. Anyin Choo, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to China H.E. Ms. Analisa Low, and other ambassadors and diplomats from 68 countries gathered together and had a wonderful time with friendly and warm greetings. ......
The "Friendship Day" event is held annually by CPAFFC, which emphasizes on civil diplomacy and plays the leading role in civil exchanges. The successful holding of the "Friendship Day" marks an important achievement of the CPAFFC in the field of foreign cooperation and the people-to-people exchange mechanism.