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Tue 02-05-2017 23:06 PM

Abdullah bin Zayed meets Chinese Foreign Minister - 1st add

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He expressed the hope that the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between the GCC and China will go forward "at a time when we are seeing the new silk road moving from being a dream to a reality."

"We currently very much appreciate that the trade between our two countries has crossed the 50 billion US Dollars mark, without the oil sector being counted, but we very much see that our relationship can go further forward, especially looking at the UAE as not only the 2nd largest market in the Middle East but the centre of logistics, finance and trade for the region."

He said that since the UAE has lifted the visa requirement for the Chinese citizens, the number of Chinese tourists has increased by 70 percent.

"As we speak, China is the Guest of Honour at the Abu Dhabi book fair, which is not only a great presence for the UAE, but also the presentation of 700 Chinese books, translated into Arabic for the first time over the last year, is a great cultural achievement. We look forward to seeing more schools in the Emirates where Chinese can be taught as a language for students, and I must say that we look forward to a successful China Pavilion at Dubai EXPO 2020, so thank you for your commitment today."

He concluded by saying, "This has been a fantastic visit with very successful meetings, I wish you all the very best and I thank you on my behalf, on behalf of our government, and I wish your country always the best of luck and success."

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