Beijing, March 30th—Liu Jianchao, Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, met here today with a delegation of the Popular Struggle Front of Palestine headed by Ahmed Majdalani, Secretary General of the Popular Struggle Front of Palestine.
Liu stated that the friendship between China and Palestine is determined by the shared history of both sides and deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. Over the past half century and more, the two sides have always firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other's core interests. In December of last year, President Xi Jinping and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas successfully held a meeting, which charted the course for the development of bilateral relations. The CPC attaches great importance to developing friendly relations with the Popular Struggle Front and is willing to take the opportunity of the joint celebration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, strengthen experience exchanges on state governance and administration and strategic communication, enhance cooperation and inject new momentum into the development of China-Palestine relations through inter-party channels.
Liu said, in today's world, multiple challenges and crises are intertwined, and the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative, and the Global Civilization Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping have gained widespread support from political parties around the world. The CPC is willing to join hands with political parties from all countries, including the Popular Struggle Front, to implement these initiatives, strive to break new ground in pragmatic cooperation and mutual understanding among various countries, and make new contributions to world peace and stability.
Liu said, regardless of the changes in international and regional situations, the Chinese side firmly supports the Palestinian people's just cause of restoring their legitimate national rights and always stands with the Palestinian people. China supports Middle Eastern countries in adhering to strategic autonomy, getting rid of external interference, and truly taking control of their own destiny.
Majdalani said, there is deep friendship between the political parties, governments, and people of Palestine and China, and the Popular Struggle Front has maintained regular contact with the CPC for many years. The Palestinian side adheres to the One China principle, firmly supports China's position on issues related to Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and the South China Sea, and supports China in addressing various challenges in the changing world. The Palestinian side congratulates on the successful China-Arab States Summit and China's successful promotion of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, supports and welcomes China's greater role in the security and stability of the Middle East. The Popular Struggle Front attaches great importance to its comradely relations with the CPC, actively responds to the series of initiatives proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, and is willing to work together with the CPC to implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, develop Palestine-China strategic friendship, promote bilateral economic and development cooperation, and make new contributions to Palestine-China relations.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest.
Zhu Rui, Assistant-minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, and others were present.