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Meeting boosts China-Arab ties amid contagion

Date: 2020-07-08
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought China and Arab nations much closer together through the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and the mechanism of political parties' dialogue as they take concrete steps to build a China-Arab community with a shared future, officials and experts said.

 

The ninth ministerial meeting of the forum, held on Monday via video link, rolled out specific steps for China and Arab nations to strengthen their strategic partnership toward the building of a community with a shared future in the new era.

 

The meeting, co-chaired by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi, generated three documents as its outcomesa joint statement of China and Arab nations in solidarity and cooperation against COVID-19, the Amman Declaration demonstrating countries' mutual support for each other's core interests and their determination to build a community with a shared future, and an action plan for their practical cooperation under the framework of the forum between 2020 and 2022.

 

China and Arab states agreed to hold the China-Arab summit as part of efforts to enhance the level of their relationship, Wang Di, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Department of West Asian and North African Affairs, said after the meeting.

 

Saudi Arabia expressed willingness to convene the summit at a time to be agreed, Wang Di said.

 

Meeting boosts China-Arab ties amid contagion


'The decision to host such a summit is in itself a testament to the strong determination of both sides to elevate our strategic partnership and deepen cooperation across the board,' he added.

 

Foreign ministers of League of Arab States members and the league's Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit attended the meeting. President Xi Jinping, who has attached great importance to developing cooperation with Arab nations, sent a congratulatory message to the meeting expressing hope that China and Arab states can enhance strategic communication, coordination and pragmatic cooperation, and make more substantial and practical efforts in building the China-Arab community with a shared future.

 

The forum, founded in 2004, has facilitated China's cooperation and communication with Arab countries. The ministerial meeting is the permanent mechanism of the forum and is convened every two years, with the option for extraordinary sessions if necessary.

 

During the eighth ministerial meeting of the forum held in Beijing in 2018, Xi announced the establishment of the China-Arab future-oriented strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation and common development.

 

Nineteen Arab countries have signed cooperation documents with China on joint building of the Belt and Road.


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