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Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Beijing recently. Xi highlighted that Egypt was the first Arab and African country to establish diplomatic relations with China 68 years ago.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the China-Egypt comprehensive strategic partnership. Over the past decade, both leaders have worked to enhance bilateral relations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi witness the signing of bilateral cooperation documents after their talks in Beijing, capital of China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi witness the signing of bilateral cooperation documents after their talks in Beijing, capital of China.

Xi emphasized that China-Egypt relations exemplify China’s solidarity and cooperation with Arab, African, Islamic, and developing nations. He noted that strengthening this relationship aligns with the aspirations of both peoples. China is committed to deepening mutual trust, advancing cooperation, and building a shared future with Egypt to contribute to regional and global peace, stability, and prosperity.

China is striving for national rejuvenation and sees historic opportunities for collaboration with Egypt. Both nations should continue to support each other and promote common development. Xi expressed readiness to explore cooperation in traditional sectors like infrastructure, industry, electricity, and agriculture, as well as emerging fields such as healthcare, information and communications, and renewable energy. He encouraged Chinese enterprises to invest in Egypt.

Xi called for organizing the 2024 China-Egypt year of partnership, expanding cultural exchanges, and making the Luban Workshop in Egypt a model for China-Africa vocational education cooperation. He also supported Egypt’s greater role in international affairs and emphasized cooperation on multilateral platforms like the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and BRICS. Together, they aim to advocate for a multi-polar world, inclusive economic globalization, and safeguard developing countries’ interests.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. Xi committed to working with Egypt and other parties to enhance China-Arab relations and build a shared future. Additionally, he expressed willingness to collaborate with African members of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

El-Sisi, visiting China and attending the 10th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, expressed Egypt’s desire to deepen its strategic partnership with China and promote regional peace. He affirmed Egypt’s adherence to the one-China principle and support for China’s core interests, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xizang, and human rights.

El-Sisi hoped the 2024 Egypt-China year of partnership would enhance bilateral cooperation in various sectors. He appreciated Xi’s global initiatives and expressed readiness to collaborate in multilateral efforts for peace and progress.

The two leaders also discussed the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, stressing the need for immediate ceasefire and humanitarian relief in Gaza. Xi reaffirmed support for Palestine’s full UN membership and appreciated Egypt’s role in cooling tensions and providing aid.

Following the talks, both leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents in various fields, including the Belt and Road Initiative, and issued a joint statement on deepening their comprehensive strategic partnership.

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