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Arab countries, China to enhance cooperation based on Sino-Arab forum achievements
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10:12, July 05, 2007

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Arab countries and China will enhance cooperation in various fields based on the achievements of the Sino-Arab Cooperation Forum (SACF), Assistant Secretary General for political affairs of the Arab League Ahmad Ben Hely said Wednesday in Cairo.

Addressing the opening session of the fourth meeting at the level of senior officials of the SACF on Wednesday morning, Ben Hely said Arab countries and China have made great progress in bilateral exchange in various fields since the establishment of the forum in 2004.

Based on previous achievements, Ben Hely said that Arab countries and China should establish and improve the mechanism of cooperation and exchange in the fields of energy investment, human resources development, cultural exchange, environmental protection and education.

The two-day meeting will focus on the evaluation of previous plans of mutual exchange and the preparation for the third ministerial conference scheduled to be held in Bahrain next year.

The stalled Middle East peace process and the issues of common concerns are also top on the agenda of the meeting.

Song Aiguo, Director General of West Asian and North African Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the forum has set up a framework of cooperation between China and Arab countries after three years' efforts of both sides, noting bilateral ties have entered a new stage.

Song also said that in the coming stage of bilateral cooperation, the forum will focus on the establishment of new mechanisms and cooperation models, adding it is also important for the forum to attract more civilian activities to strengthen relations between the two sides.

During the meeting, Chinese ambassador to Egypt Wu Sike said that the two sides are taking active measures to push forward exchange and cooperation between China and Arab countries politically and economically.

A final document is expected to be announced at the end of the meeting on Thursday.

Source: Xinhua

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