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Arab-Sino talks encapsulate vibrant ties, says Kuwaiti FM
July 11, 2018, 9:40 am
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Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF)

A major forum over China's ties with the Arab region and Beijing's "Belt and Road Initiative" embody the vibrant relationship both sides share, Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said on Tuesday.

The Chinese government's "Belt and Road Initiative", a development strategy proposed by Beijing to focus on connectivity and cooperation with Eurasian nations, has been a launch pad for closer bilateral ties, he told KUNA on the sidelines of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF).

"Lack of geographical proximity notwithstanding," the Kuwaiti foreign minister, who heads his country's delegation to the CASCF's ministerial-level talks, urged the need to establish a platform for dialogue as a constant form of engagement. Meanwhile, he spoke of Chinese President Xi Jinping's earnest desire to reach out to Arab states and his concern over some of the most pressing issues facing that region.

"As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, we need to engage China in constructive dialogue over these issues," the Kuwaiti foreign minister said, citing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular.

He also underlined China's contributions towards efforts to rebuild a number of Arab nations that have been torn apart by war, with Beijing allocating a sum of USD 100 million in aid for Syria and Yemen, among other countries.

His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah departed Beijing earlier on Tuesday, concluding an official three-day state visit that sealed a number of deals for closer cooperation.

Source: KUNA

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