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Arab-Chinese cooperation based on common interests, long history: FM

Arab-Chinese cooperation based on 
common interests, long history: FM

The Arab-Chinese cooperation is based on common interests, a long history and convergent views regarding many global issues, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani has said.
“The prosperity and security of the Arab world and China require enhancement in cooperation and joint action through strengthening joint institutions and projects, in a way that serves the causes of our peoples and achieve regional and global peace,” the FM said during the ninth session of the Arab-Chinese Forum, which was launched on Monday through video conferencing technology.
“The transformations and challenges that the world is going through oblige us to work together towards rearranging international relations according to a vision based on cooperation, solidarity and coexistence among people. Peace is what will lead to a bright future in the world and its stability and development,” he said.
The Palestinian cause remains at the top of the list of the joint agenda between the Arab world and China.
The FM appreciated the continuous efforts of China to advocate the Palestinian cause and their legitimate rights to obtain their freedom and end the Israeli occupation of their lands. The international community must fulfil its responsibilities in achieving a just solution to the key issue in the region, in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions, the principle of a two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative, he added.
“The stalled peace process in the region is the result of Israel’s continuous disregard of all international convents and norms, and its persistence with flagrant practices and violations that contravene the provisions of international law. Failure to implement international legitimacy resolutions and the references of the peace process will ultimately lead to a crack in the credibility of the international community and its institutions,” he added.
In Syria too, political solution is the only way out of the protracted crisis, with all its humanitarian and economic consequences that go beyond the borders of Syria.
The FM emphasised that the international community should make sufficient efforts to deal with the Syrian catastrophe in order to find a comprehensive solution to the sufferings of the people in a manner that preserves the unity, integrity and sovereignty of Syria.
He pointed out that Libya is facing many challenges, and everyone’s commitment must be renewed to support the Libyan state and its people to reach stability and to also encourage political dialogue between its parties, in accordance with the aspirations of the Libyan people.
On the Yemeni crisis, he said, “We are all concerned about the continuing political impasse to resolve this crisis that led to the killing, sabotage and destruction of the capabilities of the Yemeni people and their cultural heritage, which requires us to cooperate in order to put an end to this crisis to preserve Yemen’s unity, sovereignty and stop bloodshed of its people. Our move shall be based on the outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue, the Gulf initiative and Security Council Resolution 2216.”
It explained that this forum is a testament to the shared will of Arab countries and China to establish a successful model for South-South cooperation.
He said Qatar hoped that the forum would be a strong impetus to accelerate the pace of sustainable development at the national level through complementary work accompanying the efforts to advance the human element, build capacity, transfer expertise, technology and capital, increase the volume of trade exchanges, and create economic investment opportunities without overlooking the cultural aspect.