China plans to send more emergency food aid to the Horn of Africa and will also fund the reconstruction of Ethiopian infrastructure destroyed in the Tigray war, Foreign minister Qin Gang said in Beijing on Thursday.

In a meeting with Ethiopia’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, Qin said China had already delivered two batches of food aid to the region and was “considering providing a new batch … to help countries alleviate their urgent needs”.

Qin also said China supported the Ethiopian peace process and “is willing to deepen cooperation between the two countries in various fields to help Ethiopia’s post-war reconstruction, development and revitalisation”.