President Xi Jinping: China stands ready to develop ties with Saudi Arabia

China gives priority to developing relations with Saudi Arabia and stands ready to work with the country to continuously deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership and to bring more benefits to the two countries and their people, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday morning during a phone conversation with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

The Chinese president said that over the past years, China and Saudi Arabia have joined their efforts and moved forward together, facilitating new development in bilateral ties.

President Xi also asked Mohammed to convey his greetings to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, saying that at present, the international and regional situations are undergoing profound and complex changes, further highlighting the strategic and overarching significance of China-Saudi Arabia relations.

Mohammed conveyed King Salman's greetings to President Xi, and once again congratulated China on the success of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Calling China an important comprehensive strategic partner of Saudi Arabia, the crown prince said that in recent years, Saudi Arabia-China ties have seen great progress in various fields and China has provided a model of economic development and political stability for countries worldwide.

Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to China's status and the development of its relations with China, and firmly adheres to the one-China principle, Mohammed said.

He added that his country will continue to staunchly support China's legitimate position on issues concerning core interests, such as Xinjiang, resolutely oppose any interference in China's internal affairs, and firmly safeguard the rights of all countries to choose their own political and human rights paths independently.

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