China, Oman announce establishment of strategic partnership

2018-05-25 07:03:32 GMT2018-05-25 15:03:32(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Oman's Sultan Qaboos Bin Said exchanged congratulatory messages onFriday, announcing the establishment of strategic partnershipbetween the two countries and hailing the 40th anniversary of theestablishment of their diplomatic relations.

In his message, Xi said during the past 40 years since China andOman established diplomatic relations, the governments and peopleof the two countries respected each other, treated each other onequal footing and forged deep friendship.

Bilateral ties have undergone fast and comprehensive developmentand achieved sound results in cooperation in various fields withinthe framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, which have broughtthe two nations and two peoples tangible benefits, Xi said.

Xi added that he highly values the development of China-Omanrelations and is willing to announce upgrading bilateral ties tostrategic partnership together with Qaboos, using the 40thanniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as anopportunity.

Xi said he believes that such moves will provide a strongpolitical guarantee for the development of bilateral ties, lead thetwo countries to achieve more results in Belt and Road cooperation,safeguard the two sides' common interests in international andregional issues so as to elevate bilateral relations.

Qaboos said Oman attaches great importance to its relations withChina and cherish positive outcomes of bilateral friendlycooperation over the past 40 years.

Oman is ready to establish and continuously strengthen thestrategic partnership with China to further promote their commoninterests, Qaboos said. Enditem