The year 2006 was by all means a historic year in relations between Egypt and
China, said Egyptian Ambassador Mahmoud Allam M. Allam on Saturday.
"Egypt-China relations experienced impressive progress in the year. Various
fields of cooperation have been defined and concrete actions to enhance them
have been taken to sustain a solid path of progress in the strategic partnership
between our two nations," said the ambassador.
Ambassador Allam told Chinadaily.com.cn in an exclusive interview that in the
year of 2006 Egypt and China celebrated the golden jubilee - 50 years of
diplomatic relations between the two countries, when Egypt became the first Arab
and African Nation to recognize the People's Republic of China.
"The progressive development of relations in the fields of trade, investment,
energy, transport, constructions, IT and communications is really impressive.
And the China-Africa forum, held in November, will provide a significant impetus
to cooperation with Egypt, a leading African nation and a pioneer of cooperation
with China," Allam said.
"The progress was crowned and particularly consolidated by the visits of
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Egypt last June and of Egyptian President Hosny
Mubarak to China last November, the ninth of its kind.
During Mubarak's visit, the cooperation partnership was consolidated through
the signing of MOUs in the fields of development finance, health, economic and
technical cooperation and investment promotion. And for the first time in
bilateral history, Egypt and China signed an MOU for cooperation between the
Egyptian Red Crescent Society and the Chinese Red Cross.
China and Egypt, as two major developing countries, forged their diplomatic
relations in 1956 and set up a model of the south-south cooperation in the past
His meeting with President Hu Jintao was certainly a landmark in the
relations between the nations. The visit offered high-level insight and
perspective elaborated by both leaders to guide and inspire the progressive
development of a strategic pattern of relationship and partnership between both
nations, Allam said.
"As ambassador to China, I have a better chance to witness closely an
impressive phenomenon, which is observed with great interest by the whole world,
the peaceful progressive rise of China," he said.
"China has set its priorities, fixed its targets and ways to achieve them,
put those means to action, and would realize its objectives goals of sustainable
growth. The Chinese people have successfully merged its great culture and
civilization in its rising march towards modernization and progress," he said.
The ambassador said he wishes the Chinese people more progressive steps in
its peaceful and solid advance towards prosperity. Also, he wished good
preparations would be made for the Olympics in 2007, a year crucial year to
ensure the success of the Games in 2008."