Opening in Beijing of the 10th Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum with the participation of Morocco

Opening in Beijing of the 10th Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum with the participation of Morocco
Opening in Beijing of the 10th Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum with the participation of Morocco

Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 8:30

Beijing – The 10th Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum opened Thursday in Beijing, with the participation of Morocco, represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita.

The opening session of the Forum was marked by the participation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who delivered a speech on this occasion. The heads of state of certain Arab countries were present during this session.

This conference, which marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Forum, represents an important milestone in bilateral cooperation, with both sides determined to raise their cooperative relations to higher levels.

The Beijing meeting will culminate in the adoption of documents such as the “Beijing Declaration” and the “Forum Action Plan for 2024-2026”. These documents aim to further consolidate the Sino-Arab consensus and plan the next phase of cooperation.

At the end of the conference, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold a joint press conference with Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the Forum will provide an opportunity to focus on implementing the consensus reached by the leaders of China and Arab countries, expanding cooperation between the two sides in various areas, while accelerating the construction of a Sino-Arab community with a shared future.

According to figures published by Chinese official media, trade between China and the Arab world increased by 36.7 billion dollars in 2004, the year the Sino-Arab Forum was established, to reach 398.1 billion in 2023.

This remarkable growth has consolidated China’s position as the Arab world’s undisputed top trading partner for many years.

China has signed Belt and Road cooperation agreements with all 22 Arab countries. This framework has given rise to more than 200 large-scale projects.

Furthermore, cultural exchanges continue to develop between China and Arab countries, with increasingly in-depth cooperation in language learning and teaching, and the holding of frequent bilateral cultural events.

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