Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Chen Xiaodong will visit Zimbabwe on November 29-30 at the invitation of the country’s new government, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday.

“At the invitation of Zimbabwe’s government Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Chen Xiaodong vill visit Zimbabwe on November 29-30 as the special envoy of the Chinese government … Strengthening of mutual political trust and fruitful cooperation have brought benefits to the peoples of the two countries, we appreciate our traditional friendship and intend to adhere to the principle of mutually beneficial cooperation,” Geng said at a briefing.

Earlier in the month, Zimbabwe’s ex-President Robert Mugabe and his guards were confined to his house by soldiers. On November 19, the country’s ruling party dismissed Mugabe from his post as party leader and called on him to resign from the presidency. On November 21, the Zimbabwean parliament approved Mugabe’s impeachment, after which the leader stepped down.

Former Vice President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in on Friday as the new president of the country. Zimbabwe is expected to hold presidential elections next year.