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China, Lebanon to further promote military ties

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14:03, June 26, 2013

BEIJING, June 25 (ChinaMil) -- Fang Fenghui, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), met with Walid Salman, the visiting chief of staff of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), and his party on the afternoon of June 24, 2013 in Beijing.

Fang Fenghui said that the people of China and Lebanon enjoy time-honored friendship. The relations between the Chinese and Lebanese militaries have been maintaining a good momentum of development in recent years. The Chinese side is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in such fields as personnel training and reciprocal visits of delegations and groups with the Lebanese side, so as to constantly push forward the development of the relations between the two militaries. The Chinese side is active in taking part in the peacekeeping operations in Lebanon under the framework of the United Nations, and is willing to make contributions to maintaining the peace and stability of the Middle East region.

Walid said that the Chinese peacekeeping contingent to Lebanon offered considerable assistance for local people and thus was very popular among them. The Lebanese side is grateful to the Chinese peacekeeping contingent for its help, and hopes that the two militaries will make joint efforts to further strengthen the exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), held talks with Walid Salman, the visiting chief of staff of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), on the afternoon of June 24, 2013 in Beijing.

Qi Jianguo said that the bilateral cooperation in various fields between China and Lebanon has been steadily promoted since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Chinese side is grateful to the Lebanese side for its valuable support on the issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang. In recent years, the Chinese and Lebanese militaries have constantly made reciprocal visits of delegations and groups, and the bilateral cooperation in personnel training has achieved fruitful results. It is hoped that the two sides will make joint efforts to constantly enrich the connotations of pragmatic cooperation between the two militaries.

Walid said that the Lebanese side is thankful to the Chinese side for its long-term support and assistance, and highly appreciates the outstanding contributions the Chinese peacekeeping engineer and medical detachments to Lebanon have made to maintaining Lebanon's national and social stability. The Lebanese side is willing to work together with the Chinese side to further promote the healthy development of the relations between the two countries and the two militaries.

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