China says to deepen strategic ties with Saudi Arabia

08:28, January 14, 2010      

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Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal (R) meets with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Zhen)

China attaches great importance to its ties with Saudi Arabia and will further strengthen the friendly cooperation on the occasion of 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in Riyadh Wednesday.

In a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud bin al-Faisal, Yang said both sides should enhance friendship and consolidate political mutual trust.

He said the two countries should deepen cooperation in energy, infrastructure, finance and science and technology so as to inject dynamism into the bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

Both sides should also carry out various exchanges and cooperation in the fields of culture, education to foster closer friendship between people of the two countries and strengthen the positive public opinions for bilateral relations, Yang said.

China would like to join hands with Saudi Arabia in pushing forward the relations between China and the Riyadh-based Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), he added.

Al-Faisal said the bilateral relations have witnessed smooth development with fruitful cooperation in various areas in recent years.


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