Xi Jinping: China ready to contribute more to Middle East peace, development

 China is ready to work with Saudi Arabia to make all-out efforts to build a China-Arab communi­ty with a shared future in the new era and contribute more to peace, stability and devel­opment in the Middle East, Chinese President, Xi Jinping, said on Tuesday.

President Jinping made the remarks during his phone talks with Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Moham­med bin Salman Al Saud.

Asking the Saudi crown prince to convey his best wishes and Ramadan greet­ings to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President Jinping said that China-Saudi Arabia relations are currently at an all-time high.

Noting that he paid a successful state visit to Saudi Arabia at the end of last year, President Jinping pointed out that the first China-Arab States Summit and the Chi­na-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit were also successfully held, which have boosted China-Saudi Arabia relations, promoted China’s relations with the GCC and Arab states, and positively impacted the Middle East situation.

China is ready to work with Saudi Arabia to implement the outcomes of his state visit to Saudi Arabia, the first Chi­na-Arab States Summit and the China-GCC Summit last year, and continue to firmly support each other on issues involving their respective core interests, President Jinping said.

The Chinese side also stands ready to expand practical cooperation and people-to-people exchanges with Saudi Arabia, and push for greater development of China-Saudi Arabia compre­hensive strategic partnership, President Jinping said.

China is willing to work with Saudi Arabia to make all-out efforts to build a Chi­na-Arab community with a shared future for the new era and make more contributions to promoting peace, stability and development in the Mid­dle East, Xi said.

President Jinping pointed out that recently, with the joint efforts of China, Saudi Arabia and Iran, the talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing were success­fully held and achieved signifi­cant results, helping Saudi Arabia and Iran improve their relations, with a significant demonstration effect on en­hancing the unity and coop­eration of regional countries and easing regional tensions, and thus having been widely praised by the international community. —Xinhua

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