Chinese president's message to Arab leaders congratulating 22nd summit

10:05, March 28, 2010      

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Chinese special envoy to the Middle East Wu Sike will convey on Saturday a message from President Hu Jintao to the Arab leaders during their 22nd summit billed "Summit of supporting Jerusalem' Steadfastness," kicked off today in the Libyan city of Sirte.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency, Wu said he came to the Arab summit, carrying a message from Chinese President Hu Jintao to the Arab leaders, extending congratulations on the occasion of the summit.

China is paying much attention to the promotion of relations with the Arab world, Wu said, adding that China appreciates and supports the Arab efforts aiming to enhance cooperation and solidarity between the two sides.

Speaking of the Chinese position towards the Israeli practices in the occupied lands, Wu said that China supports the Arab endeavors aiming to reach peace.

The Chinese stance is cut-clear in this regard, Wu stressed, noting that China supports reaching a solution to the issue, based on international legitimacy resolutions, which state that Israel has no rights to impose any changes on lands occupied in 1967.

Wu also pointed to China's long-standing position calling for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state and for peaceful coexistence between Israel and the Palestinians, saying this is China's permanent position which it will adhere to in all international forums.

About China's vision towards the Israeli settlement activity, Wu said China categorically rejects the settlement activities in the occupied lands.

During contacts with Israel, China showed commitment to this stance, to the importance of stopping the settlement activities, and to creating favorable circumstances for talks, Wu noted, saying that his attendance of the Arab summit comes within China's support for the Arabs, and to coordinate stances between the two sides.

As for the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum, due to be held this May in China, Wu said that China and the Arab world are bound with favorable political ties and expanded, intensive economic cooperation.

In the light of the global economic crisis, the strengthening of Chinese-Arab cooperation is of high importance.

Over the past six years following the establishment of China- Arab Cooperation Forum, bilateral relations have seen tangible development, Wu said.

The fourth session of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum, slated for May 13-14, will see an assessment of the Arab-Chinese cooperation over the past six years and means to push this cooperation forward in the future.

China is represented by a delegation at the 22nd Arab summit, entitled "Summit of Supporting Jerusalem's Steadfastness," as an observer.

Source: Xinhua
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