A final document was issued Thursday at the fourth
meeting of senior officials of the Sino-Arab Cooperation Forum (SACF), which
highlighted the importance of exchange and cooperation between China and Arab
The final document, approved during the two-day meeting opened here Wednesday
at the Arab League (AL) headquarters, said China and Arab countries had made
great progress in bilateral exchange in various fields including political,
economical, cultural and educational sectors.
Regarding further cooperation between China and Arab countries, the document
said the two sides would boost comprehensive exchange in various fields within
the framework of the SACF, which was set up in 2004.
The two sides would carry out a series of plans to enhance cooperation on
human resource development, travel, culture, environment and science, it said,
adding the two sides would continue to work together for the establishment and
improvement of more mechanisms for cooperation.
The meeting focused on the evaluation of previous plans of mutual exchange
and the preparation for the third SACF ministerial conference, slated for 2008
Song Aiguo, Director General of West Asian and North African Department of
the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the meeting was of great significance, to
which the Chinese government attached much attention.
The Chinese delegation attending the SACF's senior official meeting consisted
of officials from eight governmental departments, which was quite unprecedented,
The two sides also discussed the issues related to the Middle East peace
process and the issues of common concerns.
The two sides highlighted the importance of restoring the legitimate rights
of Arab countries, with focus on the Palestinian cause, said the final document,
stressing their support for all efforts aiming at establishing fair and
comprehensive peace in the Middle East.