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Xi discusses regional issues, cultural exchanges with OIC chief


01-20-2016 12:30 BJT

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While in Saudi Arabia, President Xi Jinping also held meetings with heads of key organizations in the region. The meetings covered a wide range of topics, from enhancing cultural exchanges, and deepening coordination in regional hotspot issues, to cooperation in infrastructure and energy. 

 RIYADH, Jan. 19, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meets with Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 19, 2016. Xi arrived here on Tuesday for a state visit to Saudi Arabia, the first stop of his three-nation tour of the Middle East. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

President Xi Jinping says China welcomes the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to serve as a bridge for facilitating the development of ties between China and Islamic countries.

While meeting with the OIC chief, Iyad Ameen Madani, the Chinese President called for more dialogues between Chinese and Islamic cultures, and more international cooperation to facilitate the resolution of the Palestine issue. He said China is willing to coordinate with Islamic countries on regional and global issues.

Iyad said that the OIC highly values its relations with China, and appreciates China's position on Middle East issues. The OIC expects China to play an even greater role in Middle East and African affairs.

Xi Jinping also held talks with the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani. He called for the two sides to keep high-level contacts, enhance political trust and align development strategies.

Xi Jinping says China is willing to conduct cooperation with the GCC under the framework of the belt and road initiative, and become a reliable energy market for GCC states. He also called for deeper cooperation in infrastructure construction, telecommunication, investment, finance, space technology and renewable energy.

Al-Zayani says the GCC states want to enhance ties with China, and seek to lift China-GCC ties to a special strategic partnership. He said the GCC countries are willing to restart negotiations on the China-GCC Free Trade Zone.

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