China-Arab Forum meeting opens in Bahrain

2008-05-21 06:35:56 GMT       2008-05-21 14:35:56 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

MANAMA, May 21 (Xinhua ) -- The third ministerial meeting of China-Arab cooperation Forum opened here Wednesday. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi headed Chinese delegation to attend the meeting.

Bahrain's Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Muhammad bin Mubarak bin Hamad al-Khalifa, foreign ministers or representatives from 22 Arab countries also attended the meeting.

Sheikh Muhammad said the meeting is a new starting point of Arab-China cooperation and it is the common goal to set up a new partnership between Arab countries and China so as to achieve a sustainable development of bilateral ties.

The cooperation between the two sides serves to their mutual interests and will bring win-win outcomes, he added.

Chinese official Yang Jiechi is expected to meet with Bahrain's Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and hold official talks with his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khaled Bin Ahmed al-Thani on the sidelines of the two-day conference.

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