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China willing to enhance communication, coordination with AL: diplomat


13:47, May 01, 2012

CAIRO, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Director-General of the Department of West Asian and North African Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Chen Xiaodong voiced willingness to beef up communication and coordination with the Arab League (AL) when meeting with AL chief Nabil al-Arabi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr here on Monday.

"I exchanged views with Arabi on China-Arab relations and issues of common concern," Chen said after meeting the AL chief, noting that China attaches great importance to AL's role and influence on regional affairs.

"We are willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with the AL for an early and proper solution to some regional issues," Chen said.

Chen said China pays high attention to Arabi's upcoming visit to China, due in next week, noting "coordination are under way to make sure the visit a successful one."

Besides, Chen said the two sides also compared notes on the Fifth Ministerial meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum which will be held in Tunisia in May.

Arabi, for his part, expressed expectation to meet with leaders of China, saying that he wish to talk with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on issues of common concern.

Chen also held talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr, asserting that China supports Egypt in its efforts to maintain stability and develop economy, vowing to continue support and assistance within its capability.


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