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His Highness Amir urges closer Arab-Sino cooperation
July 10, 2018, 9:37 am
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The 8th session of the ministerial meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday called for pushing forward mechanisms of cooperation between Arab countries and China to attain mutual interests and strengthen historical ties.

Addressing the 8th session of the ministerial meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, held in Beijing today, His Highness the Amir said that Arab countries should work with China in order to overcome the crises of some Arab nations thanks to China's international weight and influence as well as sincere commitment to the UN Charter.

"We believe that boosting mechanisms of cooperation between us will contribute to achieving supreme interests of our Arab nation and our friends, and to enhancing historical relations between the two sides, which we are keen to develop and promote in all fields," His Highness the Amir said.

He added that the promotion and development of cooperation with China would help achieve political consultations and coordination on ongoing issues and crises, thus maintaining regional and international security and stability.

Thanking Chinese President Xi Jinping for inviting him as a guest of honor, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad said today's meeting comes within the framework of the forum so as to complete the march of long and historical relations through which cooperation with China is viewed with broad horizons and unlimited optimism.

"This cooperation, which was forged a decade and a half ago, would see neither growth nor continuation, and would not even reach the desired goals, as long as we are living tense and unstable situations in our Arab nation, since the Palestinian cause, which is our central issue, is still far from being given the due world attention and priority. Yet, all this poses a threat to our security and stability," he said.

"The tragic conditions in Yemen, Syria, Libya and Somalia are still breaking the hearts of our Arab nation's sons as their destiny is still unknown, prompting us to resort to our Chinese friends so as to work together to overcome our challenges," he lamented. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad believed that China could play a role in this regard thanks to its international weight and influence as well as sincere commitment to the principles of the UN Charter.

His Highness the Amir called for pushing forward Arab-Sino cooperation to new horizons with a view to attaining mutual interests, stressing support for China's policy, territorial integrity and One-China Principle, along with its efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflicts over territories and territorial waters through friendly consultations and negotiations, and in line with bilateral agreements and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

His Highness the Amir said that there were talks with Chinese friends on gigantic future projects that reflect a real partnership with Beijing, referring to practical steps in this regard like the Silk project and Kuwait Islands, voicing absolute confidence in the Chinese leadership's directions and credibility.

On trade exchange, he elaborated that China is ranked the second importer of Kuwait's oil and its derivatives, adding that Kuwait's non-oil exports to Beijing reach US$ 480 million, while China's exports to Kuwait hit US$ 5.1 billion, pointing to Kuwaiti huge investments in China.

Bilateral cooperation, which is based on the fact that China is Kuwait's key trade partner, represents an essential dimension and important addition in line with mechanisms of cooperation with Beijing, His Highness the Amir pointed out.

Constructive and continuing Chinese-Gulf cooperation is a strong catalyst for bilateral cooperation within the Arab framework, as negotiations of a free trade zone between GCC member states and China are a reflection of this joint cooperation, he said, estimating Arab-Sino trade exchange at USD 191 billion in 2017.

Arab countries are looking forward to promising partnership in the Belt and Road Project which has strategic goals and unlimited opportunities for promoting cooperation and linkage, facilitating transportation, doubling investment openings and boosting global economy, His Highness the Amir noted.

He underlined the utmost importance of cooperation between the two sides in the energy sector through carrying out mega investment ventures in oil and natural gas, and tapping the Chinese expertise in the peaceful use of nuclear and renewable energy. His Highness the Amir concluded by emphasizing that today's critical circumstances and conditions require more insistence on realizing progress and the aspired results.

Source: KUNA

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