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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Meets with Wang Yi

On March 24, 2021 local time, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Neom.

Wang Yi first conveyed President Xi Jinping's cordial greetings to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the crown prince. Wang Yi said that Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner of China in the Middle East, and China makes developing relations with Saudi Arabia a priority for its Middle East policy. China firmly supports Saudi Arabia in safeguarding its national sovereignty, national dignity, security and stability, and opposes external forces' interference in Saudi Arabia's internal affairs under any pretext. China staunchly supports Saudi Arabia's efforts to explore a path of development that fits its national conditions, and is ready to enhance the integration of the two countries' development strategies to help Saudi Arabia achieve Vision 2030. China firmly supports Saudi Arabia in playing a greater role in the region, and is ready to work together with the Saudi side to promote peace, stability, and development in the Middle East.

Wang Yi said China appreciates Saudi Arabia's firm support for China on the issues related to Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Under the current circumstances, China and Saudi Arabia should further strengthen solidarity and coordination to safeguard the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order based on the international law, reject unilateral bullying actions, oppose any interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and defend the common interests of the developing countries.

Wang Yi said, the two sides can give full play to the role of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee, which should take the lead in deepening bilateral cooperation in traditional areas such as trade, investment and infrastructure, as well as in the emerging fields of high and new technology industry including renewable energy, 5G, artificial intelligence, big data and aerospace technologies. The two countries should also step up cooperation and exchanges in countering terrorism and eliminating extremism. China is willing to work together with Saudi Arabia to speed up the free trade deal negotiations between China and the Gulf countries to reach an agreement at an early date. The two sides should jointly make good preparations for the upcoming China-Arab Summit and build a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era.

Mohammed first asked Wang Yi to convey the sincere greetings of King Salman and himself to the President Xi Jinping. Mohammed said China, with a long history, is a world power with significant influence and its revival is inevitable. The rise of China is conducive to global peace, stability and prosperity, as well as a more balanced global development. The friendship between Saudi Arabia and China has a long history and a solid foundation. In recent years, the bilateral relations have achieved qualitative progress and practical cooperation has yielded fruitful results. Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to its comprehensive strategic partnership with China, and is willing to continuously deepen the bilateral cooperation in crude oil trade, petrochemical, nuclear energy and other energy fields, and foster new growth areas in the non-oil economy such as 5G, digital technologies and telecommunication. The two countries will also boost counter terrorism and security cooperation to uplift the bilateral ties to a higher level. Saudi Arabia is willing to make joint efforts with China to push forward the free trade negotiations between China and the Gulf countries in order to clinch a deal as soon as possible, as well as make the China-Arab Summit a success.

Mohammed said that Saudi Arabia firmly supports China's legitimate position on the issues related to Xinjiang and Hong Kong, opposes interfering in China's internal affairs under any pretext, and rejects the attempt by some forces to sow dissension between China and the Islamic world. Saudi Arabia is ready to join hands with China to uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and safeguard regional and global peace and stability.

On the same day, Wang Yi also met with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf.

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