China, Arab states agree to establish strategic co-op relations

17:09, May 14, 2010      

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China and Arab states have agreed to upgrade their relationship to a strategic level and carry out an action plan for deepened cooperation in the next two years at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum closed here Friday.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said at a press conference after the meeting that the forum was a milestone in the history of China-Arab relations.

Yang said the strategic comprehensive relationship would further enhance ties on both sides and was beneficial for people from both sides.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said the meeting was a success, and the action plan for 2010-2012 stressed cooperation in various aspects including the economy, technology, education and media.

In the Tianjin Communique signed at the meeting, the parties call for building a harmonious world with lasting peace and common prosperity, tackling international and regional conflicts through political and diplomatic channels, and opposition to all forms of terrorism, separatism and extremism.

The two-day meeting in Tianjin with the theme of "Deepening All-Round Cooperation for Common Development" was attended by delegates from China and 22 Arab countries.

The forum was co-chaired by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Libyan Foreign Minister Mousa Kousa and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.

The next ministerial meeting is scheduled to be held in Tunisia in 2012.

Source: Xinhua
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