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China, Organization of Islamic Conference pledge mutual support on Palestine, Middle East issues

06-23-2010 10:50 BJT

BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- China and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Tuesday pledged to support each other on the Palestine and the Middle East peace process issues.

The pledge was made in a statement jointly issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the OIC after OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu visited China from June 17 to 21.

Both sides have explored ways to enhance consultation and cooperation between China and the OIC, particularly in political, economic and cultural fields, the statement said.

In the statement, the Chinese side emphasized it attaches importance to the role played by the OIC as an influential intergovernmental organization.

The OIC emphasized it respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, the statement said.

Both sides said they oppose terrorism, separatism and extremism in any form.

Ihsanoglu was invited to China by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

During his visit, top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun and Director-General of the National Administration for Religious Affairs Wang Zuoan met him.

Besides Beijing, Ihsanoglu also visited Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China.

The Chinese side and the OIC delegation said their discussions were productive.

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