Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with Representatives from GCC Member States

  On Sept. 23, 2013, Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a group meeting at the UN headquarters, New York with Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa of Bahrain, the holder of the current rotating presidency of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah of Kuwait, the holder of the next rotating presidency of GCC, and GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani. Both sides reviewed the development course of China-GCC relationship and appreciated this relationship for becoming an example for cooperation between China and Arab states as well as between China and developing countries.

  Wang Yi expressed that the Chinese government under the new leadership attaches great importance to developing relations with GCC and is ready to work with GCC to promote the long-term stable, sustainable development of China-GCC cooperative relations. In the next stage, both sides should maintain exchanges of high-level visits and contacts at all levels to enhance political mutual trust; strengthen communication and coordination in major international and regional affairs; actively prepare for the third round of China-GCC strategic dialogue and ensure its success; push for the restart of China-GCC FTA negotiations at an early date; expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges to lay a foundation of support from the public opinion for China-GCC friendship. China values the important role of GCC countries in safeguarding regional peace and stability as well as other fields and is ready to strengthen cooperation with GCC countries.

  The GCC side expressed that GCC-China relations enjoy a long history and have yielded fruitful outcomes over the 30-plus years. The GCC is grateful for China’s long-time strong support for GCC safeguarding regional security and stability. The GCC side looks forward to promoting more in-depth development of bilateral relations in a wider area through the upcoming strategic dialogue to be held in China.

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