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Tue 02-05-2017 22:55 PM

Abdullah bin Zayed meets Chinese Foreign Minister

BEIJING, 2nd May 2017 (WAM) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China in Beijing today.

During the meeting, held as part of Sheikh Abdullah's official visit to China, they discussed relations of friendship between the UAE and China and growing cooperation in in economic, commercial, investment, tourism and renewable energy fields.

Also discussed were ways to enhance bilateral relations to serve mutual interests, as well as issues of mutual concern, including the situation in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya.

Sheikh Abdullah lauded the strong relations between the UAE and China and the keen interest of the leadership in the two countries to further cooperation in a way that will meet the aspirations of the two friendly peoples.

The Foreign Minister of China welcomed Sheikh Abdullah's visit to China and said his country was looking forward to enhancing its relations with the UAE.

Sheikh Abdullah and Wang Yi signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Joint Cooperation Committee between the Governments of the United Arab Emirates and the People's Republic of China.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Minister of Information Office of the State of China also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the media field between the UAE’s National Media Council and the State Information Office of China.

Sheikh Abdullah received an official letter from Jiang Zengwei, Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, confirming China's participation in EXPO Dubai 2020.

Sheikh Abdullah headed the inaugural meeting of the UAE-China Joint Cooperation Committee.

In his speech, he thanked Wang Yi and members of the Chinese side in the Committee for the warm hospitality accorded to the members of the visiting UAE delegation.

His Highness said, "It is a great pleasure to be once again in Beijing and I am so delighted in being in such a rich country of ideas, of values and of success. We can reflect on our relationship and be very proud of what we have both achieved. My team and I are extremely grateful for the warmth that we have felt since we have arrived, and for the admiration that your team has expressed in terms of how much China values the relationship with the UAE."

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah continued by saying, "We very much are committed to further enhancing the relationship between our two countries, a relationship that we value highly, along with the wise policies of China. We also stress our strong commitments to the one China policy. We definitely look forward, your Excellency, to further enhancing our relationship in all areas. I would very much reiterate what you have said, not only just now but also during our meetings, on the seven points you have put forward on the future of this relationship."

He said that having CFC and CNPC start to operate in UAE oil fields is a very strong message and indicator of how both countries are very much committed, not only in the current relationship but in the relationship that goes decades into the future.

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