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Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan attended the grand farewell ceremony held by French President Macron
2019-03-27

President Xi Jinping concluded his state visit to France on March 26. Before leaving Paris, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attended the grand farewell ceremony held by French President Macron and his wife at the Elysee Palace. The above picture shows Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan saying goodbye and taking photos with Macron and his wife. Photograph by Xinhua News Agency reporter Ding Lin

Xinhua News Agency, Paris, March 26 (Reporters Sun Hao and Li Zhongfa) President Xi Jinping concluded his state visit to France on the 26th. Before leaving Paris, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attended the grand farewell ceremony held by French President Macron and his wife at the Elysee Palace.

Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan arrived at the Elysee Palace at 5 pm local time. The Macron couple greeted them warmly at the exit of the car. The army, navy and air force of the French Republican Guard marched in uniform and the cheerful music was played by the military band. Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan said good-bye to Macron and his wife and took a group photo.

Xi Jinping pointed out that I am grateful to the Mr. President and his wife for their meticulous arrangements for my visit. We were deeply moved. The friendly feelings of the French people towards the Chinese people are fully reflected in your warm reception. The Chinese people and the media have paid close attention to this visit and expressed their appreciation. This is a very successful visit. Mr. President and I have reached a consensus and deepened mutual trust. We also held the Sino-French-German-EU Quadripartite Talks. China and France should deepen practical cooperation and implement the results of the visit.

Congratulations to Mr. President on the successful state visit to France, Macron said. Mr. President and I had in-depth communication on bilateral relations and international issues and reached many important common views. Your current visit will greatly promote friendly exchanges between the French and Chinese people. I hope that France-China relations will continue to develop and step to a new level under our guidance and promotion.

The affectionate farewell music was played again by the military orchestra. Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan left Elysee Palace by car. They went to the airport under the escort of motorcyclists.