Forum discusses ways to develop Arab-China ties

 

Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar greets Wang Di (R) during the opening of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum. — Photo by Ryan Lim
Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar greets Wang Di (R) during the opening of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum. - Photo by Ryan Lim

Abu Dhabi - China and Arab countries had a strategic dialogue on many issues during the two-day 16th edition of the Arab-Chinese forum.

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Tue 18 Jun 2019, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 18 Jun 2019, 11:27 PM

The UAE is working to further enhance its political and economic relationship with China and to promote cooperation in other spheres, a top UAE government official told the Arab-Chinese Forum in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Political Affairs, said the UAE leadership is keen on developing ties with China further. "China is a great partner of the UAE and we are looking forward for exploring new collaboration opportunities between the public and private sectors of both countries," he said. "We want to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership with China across many sectors, including technological development, the fight against terrorism and ensuring peace and stability in the region."
Al Marar noted that the UAE's collaboration with China serves the future strategic vision of the UAE and supports the objectives of both countries to accelerate development.
China and Arab countries had a strategic dialogue on many issues during the two-day 16th edition of the Arab-Chinese forum.
Khalid Al Habbas, assistant secretary-general of the Arab League for International Political Affairs, said China is a strategic partner of Arab countries politically, economically and in other spheres.
"Arab-Chinese relations have witnessed remarkable development and expansion over the recent years," said Al Habbas.
Trade exchange between China and Arab countries has increased from $191 billion in 2017 to $244.3 billion in 2018, according to authorities.
Al Habbas added: "China and Arab countries have various issues of mutual concern, including the geographical and political significance of Arab nations, the prestigious role China plays in international arenas, and the core belief in the need to coordinate and expand frameworks of cooperation between Arab states and China thus contributing to the strengthening of global security and stability."
Wang Di, general director, department of West Asian and North African Affairs at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs who also led the Chinese delegation, said this forum is an important platform as it helps address regional and global challenges. "China has established strong economic and political cooperation with all Arab nations and we want to see further collaboration in areas of trade, tourism and technology," said Di.
The recommendations of the forum included forming a consensus on key issues, such as the Palestinian cause, the crises in several Arab countries, combatting terrorism and economic and social cooperation.
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