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Wang Yi Meets with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
2021/07/16

On July 15, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Tashkent.

Wang Yi said, China attaches great importance to its comprehensive strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia, and is willing to be a long-term reliable and stable friend of Saudi Arabia. China thanks Saudi Arabia for always giving China understanding and support on issues involving China's core interests. China also firmly supports Saudi Arabia in safeguarding its sovereignty, security and dignity, opposes external forces pointing fingers at Saudi Arabia under the banner of human rights and democracy, and is against any interference in Saudi Arabia's internal affairs. China will continue to help Saudi Arabia combat the COVID-19 pandemic, support Saudi Arabia's "Vision 2030" and "Green Saudi Arabia" and "Green Middle East" initiatives, strengthen its cooperation with Saudi Arabia in energy, investment and finance, and assist Saudi Arabia in pursuing diversified economic development. China stands ready to work closely with Saudi Arabia and ensure the smooth convening and success of the China-Arab Summit.

Wang Yi said, the evolution of the situation in Afghanistan has once again indicated that any attempt to interfere by external military force will be in vain, and any attempt to impose one's own institutional model on other countries will not come true. The Afghan issue should be solved by the Afghan people themselves. China has never interfered in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and is willing to play a constructive role in its reconciliation and reconstruction. China believes that Saudi Arabia, as an important force in the Muslim world, can also make a positive contribution to the political settlement of the Afghan issue. China understands Saudi Arabia's regional security concerns and is willing to maintain communication with Saudi Arabia in this regard. Together with Saudi Arabia, China is willing to promote emerging market countries to play their due role in global governance and promote democracy in international relations and the process of world multi-polarization.

Faisal said, China is a strong partner of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia will firmly support China on issues concerning China's sovereignty and is willing to be China's friend forever. Saudi Arabia thanks China for providing it with vaccines and hopes to carry forward vaccine cooperation with China. China is playing an increasingly greater role in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia will work with China to prepare for the Arab-China Summit and bridge the communication between China and Middle Eastern countries. Saudi Arabia hopes to step up communication and coordination with China on the Afghan issue, the Iranian nuclear issue and other issues, expand cooperation in multilateral fields, and maintain the United Nations-centered international structure.

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