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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit of the Arab League

On July 8, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit of the Arab League who was in China for the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF).

Wang Yi expressed that China and Arab states, both as developing countries, enjoy profound and solid friendship, and have always been brothers, friends and natural cooperation partners who understand and support each other. In the face of the current turbulent and volatile international situation, China and Arab states should strengthen unity and cooperation, enhance strategic mutual trust, intensify strategic coordination, deepen strategic cooperation, continue to firmly support each other on issues involving respective core interests, and jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of their own and developing countries, so as to play their due roles in regional and world peace and stability.

Wang Yi noted that China's reform and opening up has made tremendous progress over the past 40 years. China's development is the growth of peaceful forces and the enhancement of stable factors, bringing important benefits to the international community including Arab states. China is building a new pattern of all-round opening-up at a higher level and on a larger scale. It is a major trend for China to strengthen cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road toward the west. Arab states are accelerating their strategies toward the east. Both sides should accelerate the alignment of development strategies, become long-term and stable cooperation partners through the joint construction of the Belt and Road, and share the opportunities brought by China's rapid development, so as to promote the economic diversification and industrialization of Arab states. It is believed that with the joint efforts of both sides, the upcoming 8th CASCF Ministerial Meeting will surely achieve a complete success, promoting the collective cooperation between China and Arab states to a new level, injecting new and strong impetus into the development of China-Arab relations and sending important and positive messages to the world.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit expressed that China is a sincere friend of Arab states. The Arab side admires the remarkable achievements of China's development that have attracted global attention, and thanks China for firmly supporting the Arab people in their just cause of striving for their national legitimate rights and interests for a long time, and for supporting and helping Arab states to achieve stability and development. The Arab side highly appreciates the great initiative of the Belt and Road proposed by President Xi Jinping and looks forward to strengthening cooperation with China in the joint construction of the Belt and Road. The CASCF has played an important role in promoting the rapid development of cooperation in various fields between Arab states and China. The Arab League will make joint efforts with China to ensure that the upcoming 8th Ministerial Meeting will achieve positive outcomes and become another grand event of relations between Arab states and China.

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