China, Egypt to advance comprehensive strategic partnership – Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on September 1, 2018. (Xinhua / Pang Xinglei)

BEIJING, September 1st (Xinhua). Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday ahead of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) summit in Beijing in 2018.

The two heads of state and government agreed to jointly advance the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Egypt in order to advance development in the new era.

Egypt is a representative of the Arab states, Africa, Islamic countries, major developing countries and emerging economies with increasing influence on international and regional affairs, Xi said.

Recognizing that China greatly values ​​the development of a comprehensive strategic partnership with Egypt, Xi pledged to continue assisting Egypt in its efforts to maintain stability, develop the economy and improve people’s livelihoods, along a path of development in line with its national terms to pursue and a greater role in international and regional affairs.

China is ready to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with Egypt and to safeguard their common interests, Xi said.

He called on both sides to continue to support each other on issues affecting their respective core interests, to exchange timely bilateral relations and important issues of common interest, to share governance experiences and to strengthen exchanges at all levels and in various areas.

Xi emphasized that China regards Egypt as an important and long-term partner in the cooperation in the development of the Belt and Road Initiative and stated that China is ready to align the initiative with Egypt’s Vision 2030 and the Suez Canal Corridor Development Project and a pragmatic cooperation between the US to promote two countries and improve counter-terrorism and security cooperation.

As both countries with ancient civilizations, China and Egypt should jointly promote dialogue and communication in this regard, Xi said.

Sisi noted that Egypt and China have traditional friendship and high levels of mutual trust, hold similar positions, and closely coordinate with each other on key international issues, and said Egypt places great emphasis on the comprehensive strategic partnership with China.

As one of the earliest countries to support the Belt and Road Initiative, Egypt firmly believes that the initiative will create tremendous opportunities for their bilateral cooperation, as well as international and regional cooperation, he said.

The president said Egypt would continue to support and participate in the Belt and Road initiative and, as the future holder of the rotating presidency of the African Union, will continue to promote cooperation between Africa and China.

Stressing that development is what African nations need most, Sisi said the Beijing Summit of FOCAC shows that China attaches great importance to Africa’s development. Egypt fully supported China in hosting a successful summit, he said.

Egypt speaks favorably of China for its fair stance on Middle Eastern issues and stands ready to strengthen coordination with China in multilateral areas, Sisi said.

After the talks, the two heads of state and government witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents.

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