President Xi meets Egyptian president, calls for building China-Egypt community with shared future

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Beijing, calling for joint efforts to build the China-Egypt community with a shared future in the new era.

Sisi is paying a state visit to China from May 28 to 31, during which time he will attend the opening ceremony of the 10th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum.

Xi pointed out that 68 years ago, Egypt was the first Arab and African country to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. “Despite changes in the international situation, the two countries have always trusted each other, cooperated sincerely and developed hand in hand.”

Noting that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Egypt, the Chinese president said bilateral relations have become a vivid portrayal of China’s solidarity and win-win cooperation with Arab, African, Islamic and developing countries.

Xi called on the two sides to build a dynamic China-Egypt relationship with more connotations that meet the common expectations of the two peoples.

China is ready to work with Egypt to deepen mutual trust, promote cooperation, build the China-Egypt community with a shared future in the new era and contribute to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region and the world.

Stressing that the world is in the midst of profound and complex changes and that the Middle East region is in deep crisis, Sisi said Egypt looks forward to further deepening its comprehensive strategic partnership with China and working to promote regional peace and stability.

The Egyptian side abides by the one-China principle, firmly supports China’s position on issues related to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xizang, human rights and other core interests, and firmly supports China’s efforts to realize complete national reunification, Sisi added.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Beijing, China, May 29, 2024. /Xinhua

Historic opportunity

Xi told Sisi that China is advancing the noble cause of building a great country and national rejuvenation on all fronts, adding that China and Egypt are facing a historic opportunity for enhancing exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

He urged the two sides to continue to firmly support each other and join hands to promote common development.

China is willing to work with the Egyptian side to explore the potential for cooperation in traditional areas, such as infrastructure, industry, electricity and agriculture; open up cooperation in emerging areas, such as health care, information and communications and renewable energy; deepen economic and trade investment cooperation; and encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest in Egypt.

Xi also called for expanding people-to-people exchanges between the two countries and making Egypt’s Luban Workshop a benchmark for China-Africa cooperation in vocational education.

The Egyptian side welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest in and cooperate with Egypt, which will help the development of Egypt’s manufacturing industry and industrialization process, Sisi said.

He also expressed hope that the two sides could strengthen cooperation in the areas of information and communication, artificial intelligence, new energy, food security and finance.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi witness the signing of bilateral cooperation documents in Beijing, China, May 29, 2024. /Xinhua

New impetus to China-Arab ties

Xi underscored that China supports Egypt in playing a greater role in international and regional affairs and is willing to work with Egypt to further strengthen coordination and cooperation in multilateral platforms, such as the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS Cooperation Mechanism.

The Chinese president urged joint efforts to advocate an equal, orderly multipolar world, and inclusive economic globalization that benefits all, safeguarding international fairness and justice and the common interests of developing countries.

As this year marks the 20th anniversary of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, Xi said China is ready to work closely with Egypt and other parties to continuously inject new impetus into developing China-Arab relations and promote building a China-Arab community with a shared future.

China is also willing to work with Egypt and other members of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to carry forward the spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation and jointly build a high-level China-Africa community with a shared future.

Sisi voiced his appreciation of the series of global initiatives put forward by President Xi, saying that the Egyptian side is ready to work closely with China in multilateral collaboration to make positive contributions to the peaceful progress of humankind.

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a welcome ceremony for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the square outside the east gate of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 29, 2024. /Xinhua

Sticking to the two-state solution

The two sides also exchanged views on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Xi said the current round of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has resulted in a large number of innocent civilian casualties in Palestine and that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is extremely grave, which China deeply deplores.

“It is imperative to cease fire immediately, avoid spillover of the conflict to regional peace and stability and prevent a more serious humanitarian crisis,” said Xi.

The Chinese president reiterated that the two-state solution is the fundamental way out of the Palestinian question and that China supports Palestine in becoming a full member of the United Nations (UN).

China appreciates the important role played by the Egyptian side in promoting the cooling of the situation and the implementation of humanitarian relief and is willing to work with the Egyptian side to continue to provide assistance to the people of Gaza to the best of its own ability to promote an early, comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Palestinian question, Xi noted.

Sisi said his country highly appreciated the fact that China has always upheld fairness and justice on the Palestinian question, adding that Egypt is ready to maintain close communication with China to promote the easing of tensions in Gaza as soon as possible.

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