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President Xi Jinping on cooperation with Middle East


01-21-2016 12:58 BJT

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President Xi Jinping will visit the headquarters of the Arab League later today and is expect to deliver a speech. The president's stance on relations with Middle Eastern countries has always been one of promoting peace and joint development.

President Xi said promoting peace, stability and development is the common wish of all countries in the Middle East. And people in each country in the region should have equal rights to live and develop.

He made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Beijing May 2013.

Xi also said China supports the denuclearization in the Gulf region and will continue to push for comprehensive settlement of Iran's nuclear issue.

This was said during a meeting with visiting Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud two years ago.

In his opening address at the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing in June 2014, the Chinese President put forward the "spirit of the Silk Road". He emphasized peace, friendship, openness and inclusiveness.

He also called Arab countries China's natural partners to build "One Belt and One Road".

During a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August that year, Xi said China will continue to support UN conciliation efforts on the Middle East peace process.

And then in November at a meeting with the visiting Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, the Chinese President called for the international community to support people in the Middle East to explore their own way of development.

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