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Chinese premier meets Qatari emir on ties


08:54, January 19, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) meets with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani (R), the emir of Qatar, in Doha, capital of Qatar, Jan. 18, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

DOHA, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met here Wednesday with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani over bilateral ties.

During the meeting, Wen said China-Qatar relations have seen rapid development although diplomatic ties between the two countries are young.

Both countries have adhered to the principles of respecting each other and treating each other as equals, the premier noted.

The Chinese and Qatari economies are highly complementary, and China is ready to work with Qatar to push bilateral political relations and pragmatic cooperation to higher levels from a strategic perspective, said Wen.

He said he has deeply felt the Arab people's friendship toward the Chinese people during his ongoing Gulf tour, which had taken him to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates before he arrived in Doha earlier Wednesday.

The development of the China-Arab relations has a solid political foundation and enjoys extensive public support, Wen said, adding that both sides hope to intensify pragmatic cooperation so as to promote their socioeconomic development and bring tangible benefits to their peoples.

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