The Arab League (AL) secretary general, Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Tuesday that China and the Arab world are convinced that their relationship needs to be further elevated, especially that Beijing is an effective international partner of Arab countries.
This comes during his speech at the inauguration of the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) on Tuesday, adding that both sides have since 2004 established about 15 mechanisms of cooperation as part of the CASCF.
Many memorandums of understanding have also been signed to activate cooperation in a number of fields, Abul Gheit added.
“Today, a Sino-Arab digital library will be launched”, he said, adding that a final communique will be released later.
A joint executive declaration on the “Belt and Road” initiative will as well be issued, Abul Gheit noted.
“Today’s meeting coincides with what Abul Gheit called growing challenges and pressures facing the Arab world, atop of which the Palestinian problem, especially after the US recognition of Al Quds as capital of Israel”, he said.
He also stressed the importance of a comprehensive and permanent peace in the Middle East, noting that it is a strategic Arab choice embodied by relevant international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.
Abul Gheit said he is looking forward to furthering Chinese support for the just Palestinian cause and the struggle to establish an independent Palestinian state on the pre-67 borders.
He reiterated the need to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis in line with UN Security Council resolution No. 2254.
The Arab League chief also called for support for the legitimate institutions in Libya to maintain its unity and sovereignty.
Abul Gheit said the pan-Arab body is also committed to Yemen’s unity, sovereignty and independence. The Yemeni problem, he stressed, should be solved in line with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative.
He also talked about terrorism as a grave threat to world peace and security.
The world community should unite its efforts to fight terrorism and address its political and economic roots, Abul Gheit said.
The AL chief put the volume of trade exchange between China and the Arab world in 2017 at 191 billion dollars.
According to him, the “Belt and Road” initiative is a promising chance for cooperation that would serve interests of both China and the Arab world.