Wang Yi talks with Saudi foreign minister Faisal on the phone

Beijing, February 1 (Xinhua) on January 31, 2021, State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with Saudi foreign minister Faisal.

Wang Yi said that 2020 will be an extraordinary year. In the face of the challenge of the epidemic, China and Saudi Arabia will keep watch and help each other and work hand in hand to cope with it. The bilateral relations will achieve new development. The three phone calls between the two heads of state showed their firm support for each other on issues involving each other’s core interests and major concerns, joined hands to fight the epidemic and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, demonstrating the due meaning of a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Wang Yi said that China and Saudi Arabia should earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state and constantly deepen the connotation of bilateral relations. China will continue to support Saudi Arabia to take a development path in line with its national conditions and promote economic diversification and social reform. The two sides should make good preparations for the summit, ensure a complete success of the summit and jointly build a community of common destiny between China and Argentina. The two sides should also jointly promote practical cooperation in various fields and promote the early completion of the China Sea free trade zone.

Wang Yi said that China attaches great importance to Saudi Arabia’s important influence in the region and understands Saudi Arabia’s reasonable concerns in maintaining its own and Gulf Security. China condemns the attacks on Saudi civilians and civilian facilities, supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts to maintain security and stability, opposes external interference, unilateral bullying and terrorism, and is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with Saudi Arabia on the Middle East Gulf situation and regional hot issues, so as to jointly promote regional peace and stability.

Faisal appreciated China’s support for Saudi Arabia’s measures in maintaining security and stability, and agreed with Wang Yi’s views on promoting bilateral cooperation. Faisal said that in the face of the epidemic, Saudi Arabia and China have overcome the difficulties and made progress hand in hand. Cooperation in various fields has made great progress, reflecting the profound and strong friendship between Saudi Arabia and China, as well as the gold content of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to its relations with China, continues to give Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic priority to its relations with China, and is willing to firmly support each other politically, strengthen mutual benefit, win-win results and connectivity economically, and jointly prepare for the China Arab summit. Make every effort to push the strategic relationship between Saudi Arabia and China to a higher level.

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