|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the UAE|
On July 7, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was in China for the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF).
Wang Yi expressed that China and the UAE have witnessed rapid development in bilateral relations in recent years, bringing important benefits to both sides. China attaches great importance to developing its relations with the UAE, regards the UAE as a priority in its diplomacy towards the Middle East, and stands ready to intensify communication with the UAE and take the recent high-level exchanges as an opportunity to promote China-UAE strategic partnership to new stages. China is willing to combine the Belt and Road Initiative with the UAE's concept of "Revitalizing the Silk Road", steadily advance landmark projects of the two countries, explore new cooperation potential, expand new cooperation areas, and actively discuss conducting trilateral cooperation, so as to build China-UAE cooperation into a model for the Middle East and the world at large. China is ready to continue to deepen cooperation with the UAE in the areas of counter-terrorism and law enforcement security.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed that UAE-China relations are of strategic significance, with a wide range of cooperation areas and remarkable outcomes. The UAE attaches great importance to developing its relations with China and is eagerly looking forward to President Xi Jinping's state visit to the UAE. The country stands ready to make joint efforts with China to ensure the visit a historic and complete success and promote UAE-China relations for greater development. It is hoped that both sides will further deepen bilateral practical cooperation, discuss conducting trilateral cooperation, and strengthen communication and cooperation in counter-terrorism and regional affairs. The UAE highly appreciates that China has carried out collective cooperation with Arab states through the CASCF, supported the unity of the Arab world, and promoted regional economic and social development.