China and Arab countries should enhance strategic communications and promote cooperation in all areas, including the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.
Xi made the remark in a congratulatory letter to the ninth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, held by videoconference.
Xi said that since the pandemic’s outbreak, China and Arab countries have stuck together and helped each other. Their mutual support and strengthened cooperation are a vivid reflection of the close bonds between them, he said.
The two sides require more cooperation to overcome difficulties and move forward, given the situation, he added.
Xi said he hoped the two sides will meet in order to enhance strategic coordination and promote cooperation in various fields to bring more benefits for their people.
He noted that he announced the establishment of a strategic partnership between China and Arab states at the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in 2018.
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