Backgrounder: China-Arab Cooperation Forum (2)

16:36, May 13, 2010      

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The ministerial meeting, comprising the AL secretary general and foreign ministers of China and all AL members, is the permanent mechanism of the forum and convenes for a regular session every other year, with the option for extraordinary sessions if necessary.

The first ministerial meeting was held in AL headquarters in September, 2004, with a joint declaration and an action plan adopted.

The second took place in Beijing in 2006, which concluded with the signing of four documents -- a 2006-2008 program of action, a communique, an environmental cooperation plan and a memorandum of understanding for a conference between Chinese and Arab entrepreneurs.

The third session was convened in the Bahraini capital of Manama in 2008, which saw the two sides pass a communique and a 2008-2010 program of action.

A number of other high-level meetings have also been held under the framework, which has also witnessed the implementation of a series of exchange projects, including an Arab art festival in Beijing, a China-Arab civilization dialogue seminar, a China-Arab friendship conference and a China-Arab entrepreneur conference.
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