Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with the visiting El Salvadoran President Nayib Armando Bukele Ortez on Tuesday in Beijing and the two leaders agree to strengthen cooperation.

President Xi welcomed Bukele on his first State visit to China, saying that the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations opens the door for cooperation and marks an important event in the history of their bilateral relations.

While affirming the achievement made during the first year since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, President Xi noted that China will expand imports of sugar, coffee and other high-quality speciality products from El Salvador.

The two sides should strengthen cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, quality inspection, energy, and science and technology, President Xi said, adding that China welcomes El Salvador to take an active part in jointly building the Belt & Road.

Bukele responded that there is huge potential for cooperation between the two sides and his country is ready to strengthen cooperation with China in such areas like investment, trade, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, culture and science and technology.

The President also showed a willingness to jointly build the Belt & Road while stressing he hopes that the bilateral relations will set a good model for other countries in Latin America.

Following the talks, the two leaders jointly witnessed the signing of a number of bilateral cooperation documents and issued a joint statement.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also held talks with Bukele on the same day

During their talks, Premier Li said he wishes that El Salvador will support Chinese enterprises who want to invest in the country.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Bukele laid a wreath at the Monument to the People’s Heroes and President Xi held a welcoming ceremony for him.