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China, Iceland pledge to push forward co-op

(Xinhua)

15:59, September 14, 2011

REYKJAVIK, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Icelandic President Olafur Grimsson and Wang Gang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said here Tuesday their countries should lift bilateral relations to a higher level.

During their meeting, Grimsson thanked China for supporting Iceland during the global financial crisis and called China a trustworthy friend and an important cooperative partner.

Wang, also vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said China and Iceland have maintained traditional friendly and cooperative relations.

Wang said that under the guiding principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual support, China and Iceland together combatted the global financial crisis and lifted the level of mutual trust and cooperation to a new high. He also said both sides could work together to overcome difficulties.

China and Iceland established diplomatic ties on Dec. 8, 1971.

Wang said that China is ready to take the 40th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties as a new opportunity to work with Iceland to make full use of their economically complementary advantages to improve bilateral trade balance and growth.

Both sides should expand exchanges and cooperation in all areas to push their friendly cooperative relations to a higher level, he said.

On the same day, Wang also met with Icelandic Parliament Speaker Asta Johannesdottir.

Wang said communication and cooperation between the CPPCC and Iceland's parliament in recent years have deepened mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, adding that the exchanges have also enriched the content of bilateral friendly ties and facilitated the further development of China-Iceland relations.

Wang said the CPPCC attaches importance to developing friendly cooperative relations with Iceland's parliament and is willing to continue exchanges and cooperation with the parliament at different levels and in different areas to contribute more to the further development of ties between the two nations.

Johannesdottir, for her part, said the Icelandic parliament is also ready to promote exchanges and cooperation with the CPPCC so as to contribute to the development of bilateral relations.

Iceland is the third stop of Wang's four-nation tour, which will also take him to Italy. He has visited Algeria and Switzerland.

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