China’s President Xi Jinping said relations between the People’s Republic of China and Arab countries witnessed great developments, as the two sides established strategic partnership relations and joint development for a better future following the inaugural China-Arab summit in Saudi Arabia, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.
The summit worked to strengthen efforts to confront the food, energy and climate crises, and voiced its commitment to find political solutions to thorny issues and to maintain peace and security in the region, Xi said in his closing speech at the summit.
He added that China has established comprehensive strategic partnership relations with 12 Arab countries separately, and signed cooperation documents to enhance the Belt and Road initiative with 20 Arab countries.
Furthermore, he said 17 Arab countries expressed their support for the global development initiative, confirming that 15 Arab countries joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and seventeen cooperation mechanisms have been set up within the framework of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum.
The Chinese president stressed that Chinese-Arab relations have achieved a historic leap, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples and injecting more stability factors into the region and the world
He noted that the Arab-China summit was a complete success, as the two sides agreed to work with all efforts to build the Chinese-Arab community for a common future toward the new era, which is a milestone in the history of Chinese-Arab relations.
President Xi also stressed the Chinese side's keenness to take this summit as a new starting point to work to devote the Chinese-Arab friendship represented in solidarity, equality, interests, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, and to advance promising prospects for cooperation.
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