Premier Wen to visit Arab nations, attend energy summit

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will pay an official visit to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar from Jan. 14 to 19, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Tuesday.

Wen's visit comes at the invitation of King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, and Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir al-Thani.

Premier Wen will also attend the Fifth World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi at the invitation of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Liu said.

Liu said Premier Wen will address the summit and elaborate on China's energy policy.

During the six-day visit, Wen will meet and hold talks with leaders of the three Arab nations and exchange views on the development of bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concerns, Liu said.

Wen's visit will boost the development of relations between China and not only Arab nations but also the Islamic world, Liu said.

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