Chinese, Saudi Arabian FMs talk over phone on ties, cooperation

Xinhua Xinhua

18th Oct, 2021. 08:02 pm
China and Saudia FM

China and Saudia FM Photo Courtesy: Xinhua

BEIJING — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday held a phone conversation with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud over bilateral ties and cooperation.

Wang said that in the face of the volatile international situation, China and Saudi Arabia need to maintain close strategic communication, which is an inherent part of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

In recent years, under the personal care and strategic guidance of the two heads of state, bilateral relations have continued to develop, Wang said.

Noting that China always gives priority to its relations with Saudi Arabia in its diplomacy in the Middle East, Wang said that China is willing to be a long-term reliable and stable good friend and partner to Saudi Arabia, and looks forward to working with Saudi Arabia to push bilateral relations to a higher and deeper level.

China appreciates Saudi Arabia’s firm stand with China on issues concerning China’s core interests, and will, as always, firmly support Saudi Arabia in safeguarding its national sovereignty, security and stability, and resolutely oppose any interference in Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs, Wang said.

China will continue to support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, Green Saudi Arabia and Green Middle East initiatives, and actively participate in major development projects in Saudi Arabia, Wang said, adding that China is ready to work with Saudi Arabia to synergize the Belt and Road Initiative with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and push for more results in bilateral cooperation in such fields as energy, infrastructure, investment and 5G.

China is ready to take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of China-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) relations to conclude negotiations on a China-GCC free trade agreement at an early date, Wang said.

China appreciates Saudi Arabia’s active preparations for the China-Arab summit, and is willing to maintain communication with Saudi Arabia and start preparations for the summit in due course.

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