Chinese president to open ministerial meeting of Chinese-Arab forum

Chinese president to open ministerial meeting of Chinese-Arab forum

Chinese President Xi Jinping will inaugurate on Tuesday the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum in the presence of the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States and 17 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab States. He said in his meeting with the delegation of Arab journalists that the Chinese president will clarify in his speech ways to develop Sino-Arab relations in the new stage and present his new vision on these relations. He pointed out the issuance of three documents at the end of the meeting, namely Beijing Declaration, which includes the basic positions and principles of China Towards the Arab states and the common vision in the Middle East issues. He added that the Chinese program, which includes existing projects, trends and priorities in the fields of economy, trade, technology and others, will be launched. The third document is the announcement by China and the Arab countries on the partnership in building the belt and the road, the first document between the two sides on cooperation within the belt and the road. While China seeks to strengthen cooperation with the Middle East countries and that this forum provides a framework for collective cooperation between the two sides. He pointed out that Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri discussed with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi issues of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation last night, stressing the importance of the visit of the Chinese president to Egypt in 2016 while President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi visited China four times. Made a fifth visit to China two months later to attend the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, which shows the solid foundation of the relations between the two sides and cooperation in the field of production. He said that the Chinese President launched in 2013 the road and road initiative, which received wide support from Western countries, noting that the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the partnership in building the road and belt with 10 Arab countries and Beijing has established a strategic partnership or comprehensive strategic partnership with 11 Arab countries until Now, the Bahraini foreign minister is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with his Chinese counterpart on the partnership in building the road and the belt. He pointed out that the value of trade exchange between China and the Arab countries amounted to about 200 billion dollars in 2017 and China became the second largest trade partner with the Arab countries, while the value of engineering contracts between the two sides 32.8 billion dollars and practical cooperation between China and Arab countries has been a tangible success, adding that the Chinese company Joshi has established a glass fiber factory in the Chinese Cooperation Zone in Suez, which has provided 2,000 jobs in Egypt. He said China helped Algeria launch its first satellite last spring aimed at enhancing communications and visual media in Algeria, while Beijing launched several days ago a satellite with a camera made in Saudi Arabia aimed at exploring space, adding that the communication relations between the two sides have developed Where the number of flights between Arab countries and China 196 flights a week, while the number of Arab students studying in China 13 thousand students. He pointed out that last year saw the launch of the Bidu satellite navigation system to the Arab countries as well as a round table aimed at combating extremism in the presence of religious leaders, academics and scholars from Arab countries, as well as holding the forum of the Center for Chinese-Arab Research for Development and Development, which provided a framework for exchanging experiences on The Chinese-Arab meeting on technology and the meeting on gas and oil, as well as the meeting on Sino-Arab relations and civilizations. In response to a question on the participation of Syria in the meeting, he said that the participation of countries comes within the framework of consultations with the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and that there will be no Syrian delegation in the meeting tomorrow because the Arab League suspended Syria’s membership in 2011, stressing the need to work to stabilize the situation in Syria . He stressed Beijing’s interest in achieving peace in the region, which is facing challenges and disputes among countries by promoting development because it believes that cooperation within the framework of the road and road initiative will lead to scientific cooperation and thus help the Arab countries to find solutions to the issues through political and diplomatic means. In response to a question about the deal of the century, he stressed that the rights of the Palestinians can not be negotiated or renounced in establishing their state and that the Arab peace initiative launched in 2002 is the basis for solving the Palestinian issue. In response to a question about Iraq, he pointed out that there are about 10 thousand Chinese working in Iraq and that the Iraqi government receives financial assistance from Beijing in support of the elimination of the oppressor. China actively participated in the Iraq Reconstruction Conference held in Kuwait last year.

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