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Ruling parties of China, Egypt vow to cement ties
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08:19, June 15, 2009

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The ruling parties of China and Egypt, the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Egypt's National Democratic Party (NDP), are committed to taking their relations to a new high.

The message came out of the talks between He Guoqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary-general of the NDP Muhammad Yousuf El-sharif in Cairo on Sunday.

He spoke highly of China-Egypt ties, citing stronger political trust, increased trade cooperation, various people-to-people programs since both countries forged diplomatic ties in 1956, particularly since both established a partnership of strategic cooperation in 1999.

He, also secretary of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said China appreciated Egypt's precious support on issues related to Taiwan, Tibet and human rights.

With opportunities to cement and build bilateral relations ahead, He said China would like to work with Egypt to deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields and seek new progress of bilateral relations and benefit the two peoples.

During their hour-long talks at the NDP headquarters, He proposed the two ruling parties maintain high-level visits, enhance political trust and work for country-to-country ties.

The CPC's anti-graft chief also suggested both parties deepen substantial cooperation and diversify exchange and cooperation programs.

El-sharif said that as ruling parties of both countries, the NDP-CPC exchange and cooperation at various levels will help bolster Egypt-China partnership of strategic cooperation and work for the common interest of the two peoples.

El-sharif echoed He's proposal on party-to-party ties, saying the NDP would like to take ties with CPC to a new high.

After the talks, He and El-sharif witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on CPC-NDP exchange and cooperation.

Later Sunday, He met with presidents of the Confucius Institute of Suez Canal University, which was jointly established by Suez Canal University and North China Electric Power University in 2008.

Confucius Institute, named after a great Chinese thinker, philosopher, statesman and educator Confucius born in 551 B.C., is part of China's efforts to promote the Chinese language and Chinese culture abroad. The Chinese government plans to set up at least 100 Confucius Institutes around the world.

After the meeting, He presented a set of equipment and software featuring Chinese culture to the Confucius Institute of Suez Canal University.

He arrived in Cairo on Saturday for a three-day goodwill tour, which will also take him to Spain, Jordan and Mongolia.

Source:Xinhua



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