Xi Jinping Holds Telephone Talks at Request with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia

On May 8, 2019, President Xi Jinping held telephone talks at request with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the Chinese side attaches great importance to developing the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries and regards Saudi Arabia as an important cooperation partner in promoting the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Your Majesty and I have successfully exchanged visits to each other's nation in recent years, which has guided the all-round and rapid growth of China-Saudi Arabia relations. In February this year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud visited China and attended the third meeting of the China-Saudi Arabia High-level Joint Committee, which yielded fruitful results and injected new impetus into advancing exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in various fields. China appreciates Saudi Arabia's objective and fair stance on issues concerning China's core interests and major concerns. China firmly supports the Saudi Arabian side's efforts to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and stability, and supports the Saudi Arabian side in promoting its economic transformation and achieving greater development. The Chinese side is ready to work with the Saudi Arabian side to strengthen the synergy between the BRI and the Saudi Vision 2030, and promote bilateral practical cooperation in energy and other fields. The Chinese side appreciates the positive efforts made by Saudi Arabia to promote China's relations with Arab countries as well as Islamic countries. The Chinese side welcomes and actively supports Saudi Arabia's role as the G20 presidency in 2020, and is ready to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the Saudi Arabian side and jointly help the G20 make greater contributions to upholding multilateralism, building an open world economy and improving global economic governance.

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud congratulated China on successfully holding the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, and said he believes that it will play an important role in promoting international development and cooperation. Both Saudi Arabia and China are committed to respective national development and world peace and stability. The Saudi Arabian side attaches great importance to deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries and wishes China greater achievements in its development. Saudi Arabia is willing to strengthen exchanges with China at all levels and promote bilateral cooperation in various fields, in a bid to better serve the two countries and the two peoples, and boost cooperation between East and West Asia. Saudi Arabia stands ready to continue making contributions to improving the Arab countries' as well as the Islamic world's friendly and cooperative relations with China.

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