On June 22nd, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to an extraordinary meeting of the Dialogue between the Communist Party of China and Political Parties of Arab Countries. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, President of Mauritania; Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of Fatah and President of Palestine; Bashar al-Assad, Secretary-General of the Syrian Baath Party and President of Syria; Saad Eddine El Othmani, Secretary-General of Justice and Development Party and Prime Minister of Morocco; Ali Abdelaal, Parliament Speaker of Egypt and other leaders of Arab states addressed the meeting. The extraordinary meeting, held via videolink by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee (IDCPC) and themed "Join Hands to Build a Community with a Shared Future for China and Arab States in the New Era", was attended by over 60 leaders from major Arab political parties.
Song Tao, IDCPC Minister, read out General Secretary Xi’s congratulatory message at the opening ceremony, saying that the congratulatory message sent by General Secretary Xi to the meeting as well as the speeches delivered by leaders of many Arab states have showcased the great importance the Chinese and Arab leaders attach to developing China-Arab strategic partnership and their firm support in deepening exchanges and cooperation between the political parties of China and Arab states. The world today is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, and political parties have played an important role in advancing state governance, safeguarding people’s life and well being and promoting the progress of human civilization. The CPC is prepared to, together with political parties of Arab states, enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen policy communication, and boost practical cooperation in building the Belt and Road Initiative, science and technology, culture, education and poverty alleviation. Both sides need to work together to fight against the COVID-19, strongly oppose politicizing the pandemic, and send a reassuring message to the world that we oppose interfering in other countries’ internal affairs, racism and ideological prejudice, in a bid to safeguard multilateralism and international fairness and justice and promote the building of a China-Arab community of shared interests and destiny.
Arab leaders fully agreed with General Secretary Xi's positive assessment of the strategic partnership between Arab states and China and believed that General Secretary Xi’s congratulatory message fully shows the great importance the CPC attaches to developing its friendly relations with Arab political parties. Arab leaders highly commended the CPC and the Chinese government for their great achievements in development, especially in fighting the COVID-19 successfully, and thanked the Chinese side for its consistent support for Arab’s just cause as well as its precious assistance to Arab states’ fight against the virus. The Arab states will continue to firmly support China’s stances on issues related to Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and firmly oppose external interference in China’s internal affairs, and expect to step up mutual learning in exchanges of experience in party governance and state administration with the CPC to jointly build a community with a shared future for Arab states and China in the new era and contribute wisdom and strength of political parties to boosting world peace and development.
Huang Chuping, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hubei Provincial Committee and Vice Governor of Hubei Province, attended and addressed the meeting. Zhu Rui, IDCPC Assistant-minister, presided over the opening ceremony.