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The Third Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab Cooperation Forum Opens in Bahrain
2008/05/22

On May 21, the two-day third ministerial meeting of China-Arab Cooperation Forum opened in the capital of Bahrain, Manama. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and foreign ministers or representatives from 22 Arab countries exchanged views on pushing for building a new type of China-Arab partnership oriented towards the future.

Before the meeting started, all participants stood in silent tribute to the victims in the Wenchuan earthquake.

In his speech delivered at the opening ceremony, Bahrain's Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Muhammad bin Mubarak bin Hamad al-Khalifa said fruitful achievements have been scored in the building of Arab-China cooperation forum in recent years and bilateral friendly cooperation has gone beyond the field of political consultations and been extended into economics, society, humanities, journalism and other areas.

Sheikh Muhammad bin Mubarak bin Hamad al-Khalifa said it is the common goal to set up a new partnership between Arab countries and China so as to achieve a sustainable development of bilateral ties and realize peace and stability. He expressed belief that this meeting will push for bilateral cooperation on joint investment, technical transfer, finance, energy resources and information sharing for mutual benefits of both sides.

Yang thanked for the condolences and support offered by Arab countries after the Wenchuan earthquake, saying that it fully demonstrates the traditional friendship between the Chinese and Arab people.

Yang said China and Arab countries have supported and coordinated with each other in international and regional affairs with increasing political trust and ever closer economic exchanges. China-Arab relationship has set an example for contemporary international relations and has also made important contributions to world peace and development.

Yang pointed out that in the new international situation, China and Arab countries face similar challenges and opportunities and their common responsibility and goal push China-Arab relations to a new historical starting point. He proposed that both sides should try to become partners of equality and mutual trust to deepen political friendly relations, partners of mutual benefits to achieve common development, partners of mutual exchanges to promote prosperity and progress of mankind civilization and partners of coordination and cooperation to contribute to stability in the Middle East and to build a harmonious world.

China-Arab Cooperation Forum was established in January 2004. The first ministerial meeting of the forum was held in Cairo in 2004 and the second was held in Beijing in 2006.

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