Xi meets individually with leaders at forum

China Daily | Updated: 2019-04-26 10:40
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President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. [Wang Zhuangfei/China Daily]

China hopes to play a pro-active role in Egypt's plan to develop the Suez Canal corridor and will continue promoting construction of the China-Egypt Suez Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone, Xi said during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

China has always supported Egypt in exploring development that suits its own national conditions, Xi said, adding China will set up a Luban Workshop in Egypt to offer vocational training for young Egyptians.

Xi called for the two countries to deepen counterterrorism and security cooperation and continue working for closer people-to-people exchanges.

Egypt is chairing the African Union, and the fact that Sisi has come to China for the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation shows Egypt's sincere will to take an active part in building the Belt and Road as well as African countries' call for mutual benefit and common development, Xi said.

Sisi said Egypt, the first Arab country to have established diplomatic ties with China, hopes to learn from China's successful experience in development.

Egypt hopes to align closely its development plans with the BRI and is committed to deepening Africa-China cooperation, Sisi said.

Egypt highly commends China for upholding justice in the Middle East issue, and hopes China continues to play a constructive role, Sisi said.

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