Chinese FM: China-UAE relations develop rapidly, bringing benefits to both sides
Updated 20:57, 10-Jul-2018
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has met Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), noting that China-UAE relations have developed rapidly and brought important benefits to both sides. 
Wang made the remarks at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on Saturday, ahead of the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF). 
Sheikh Abdullah is in Beijing to attend the meeting on July 10. 

Push China-UAE relations to a new level

Wang said that the Chinese side attaches great importance to China-UAE relations, and take it as a priority in developing relations with Middle East countries, calling to push the strategic partnership to a new level. 
China is willing to combine the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with UAE's concept of "Revitalizing the Silk Road," and is going to solidly promote the iconic projects and actively explore potential cooperation between the two countries, according to Wang. 
Wang added that China will deeply strengthen cooperation in fields such as anti-terrorism, law enforcement and security with UAE. 

Appreciate China's support 

During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah said that UAE-China relationship is strategic and with a wide range of remarkable cooperative achievements. 
UAE expects more pragmatic cooperation and close communication in third-party cooperation and regional affairs. 
Sheikh Abdullah noted that UAE highly appreciates China's support in the unity of Arab countries, and help in regional economic and social development. 

Eighth ministerial meeting 

The eighth ministerial meeting of CASCF will be held on July 10 in Beijing. 
Wang, foreign ministers and representatives from Arab countries, and secretary general of the Arab League will attend the meeting. 
The meeting will conduct comprehensive and in-depth discussions on areas such as consolidating the traditional friendship between China and Arab countries, and advancing the construction of the Belt and Road. 
(CGTN's Zhao Yunfei also contributed to the story.)