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General Secretary Xi Jinping Sends Congratulatory Message to Extraordinary Meeting of Dialogue between CPC and Political Parties of Arab Countries
2020/06/22

On 22 June, an extraordinary meeting of the Dialogue between the Communist Party of China and Political Parties of Arab Countries was held via video link. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President of China, sent a congratulatory message to the meeting.

On behalf of the CPC and in his own name, Xi extended warm congratulations on the opening of the meeting and sincere greetings to leaders of political parties of Arab countries attending the meeting.

Xi pointed out that the time-honored friendship between China and Arab states has grown from strength to strength. As close companions along the ancient Silk Road, Chinese and Arab peoples are working hand in hand in Belt and Road cooperation for their shared aspirations of national prosperity and rejuvenation.

In the face of the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, China and Arab countries have rendered each other assistance and support to weather the trying moment together, adding a new chapter to the effort of building a community with a shared future for China and Arab states.

Xi noted that adversity reveals true friendship. Through the joint battle against COVID-19, the Sino-Arab Strategic Partnership will be further strengthened on an even stronger footing with closer people-to-people ties and brighter prospects for cooperation.

Xi emphasized that COVID-19 has shown once again that humanity lives in a community with a shared future. The CPC and the Chinese government always put the people and their lives front and center. Through its all-out efforts to save lives, China has scored major strategic achievements in bringing the virus under control. China has all along actively participated in and promoted international cooperation in an open, transparent and responsible manner, and done its utmost to support and assist the rest of the world in fighting the disease.

Xi underscored China's readiness to work with Arab states and the wider international community to step up solidarity and cooperation, support the leading role of the WHO, and build a global community of health for all.

Xi hailed the dialogue as an important platform for exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and Arab political parties. Facing new realities and new challenges brought by COVID-19, the CPC will work with political parties in Arab countries to better leverage the role of the dialogue as a platform to step up strategic communication and deepen governance experience sharing as disease control is conducted on a regular basis. He called on the two sides to work tirelessly in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual learning toward building a community with a shared future for China and Arab states and achieving the great national rejuvenation for both sides. President Xi concluded the message by wishing the meeting a full success.

The Extraordinary Meeting of the Dialogue between the Communist Party of China and Political Parties of Arab Countries was held by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee. The three-day meeting was themed "Join Hands to Build a Community with a Shared Future for China and Arab States in the New Era". Six Arab leaders, including President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani of Mauritania, Fatah Chairman and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine, Secretary-General of the Baath Arab Socialist Party and President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Secretary-General of the Party of Justice and Development and Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani of Morocco, addressed the meeting. Over 60 leaders from major Arab political parties attended the meeting.

Arab leaders fully agreed with President Xi Jinping's positive assessment of the strategic partnership between Arab states and China and highly commended the CPC and the Chinese government for adhering to the governing philosophy of putting people front and center in fighting the virus, and for actively taking part in and pushing forward international cooperation against COVID-19 with the vision to build a community with a shared future for mankind. They thanked China for its consistent support for Arab states in safeguarding sovereignty and independence. They maintain that Hong Kong- and Xinjiang-related issues fall under China's internal affairs and oppose any interference in such matters by external forces. They also expressed the readiness to work with the CPC to advance strategic communication, learn from each other and jointly build a community with a shared future for Arab states and China in the new era.

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