China, Egypt to strive for closer bilateral relations

ALAMEIN: Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry here, during which both sides agreed on further strengthening of the China-Egypt comprehensive strategic partnership.
Wang said that Egypt is one of China’s most important strategic partners among Arab countries, in the Islamic world, in Africa and among developing countries.
Under the guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the China-Egypt comprehensive strategic partnership has been continuously upgraded and yielded fruitful results, Wang said.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries have worked in solidarity to fight the coronavirus, which has become a new highlight of bilateral relations, he added.
China, he said, is ready to work with Egypt to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, take the opportunity of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties to lift the relations to a new high, speed up the building of a community with a shared future between China and Egypt and play a leading role in the building of such a community between China and Arab and African countries.
China highly appreciates Egypt for standing by China on issues concerning China’s core interests and firmly supports Egypt in safeguarding its own sovereignty, security and development interests, Wang said.
China is ready to work with Egypt to deepen the alignment of their development strategies, expand cooperation in production capacity, infrastructure, new energy, space and aviation, as well as new and high-tech industries, and open up new prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation, he said, adding that China will continue to support Egypt’s localized production of vaccines to help the country fight COVID-19.
The two sides should strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, deepen cooperation in vocational education, Chinese language education and vocational training, and consolidate public support for mutual benefits and friendship, Wang added.
Noting that China and Egypt are both major developing countries with global influence, Wang said that the two sides should hold high the banner of opposing interference in internal affairs, advocate a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, oppose confrontation between blocs and the instigation of a new Cold War, and jointly safeguard the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order based on international law.
For his part, Shoukry warmly congratulated the Communist Party of China on the 100th anniversary of its founding, saying that Egypt is the first Arab country and the first African country to have established diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China.
–The Daily Mail-CGTN
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