Posted on May 23, 2011

The Eighth Sino-Arab Cooperation Forum opened here this evening at Ritz Carlton Hotel, and continues for two days HE Assistant Foreign Minister Saif Muqqadam al Buainain, who is also the head of Qatar's delegation and Chairman of the Arab side to the meeting, commended the Arab - Chinese partnership in all areas. Addressing the opening session of the Forum, HE Al Buainain underlined that the State of Qatar under the leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has worked on the development of this Forum and create success factors necessary for its programs so as to ensure that a Arab-Chinese cooperation would reach the level of strategic partnership.

He noted that since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Arab League and the Chinese Foreign Ministry in 1999, which laid the foundation of the Sino-Arab Cooperation Forum in September 2003, the Forum has become a milestone in the march of Arab-Chinese relations, as it provided an appropriate framework, and designed effective mechanisms for dialogue and collective action, based on solid foundation of equality, mutual benefits and interests.

The Forum, he said through efforts of all parties has entered to the path of progress parallel to the official and popular levels .. it also saw a major development in form and content, and achieved tangible results in the consolidation of Arab-China friendship, and became effective framework for joint action and enhancement of cooperation between the two sides in all fields and its impact was growing constantly leading to the establishment of strategic cooperation in order to achieve the desired goals and objectives and meet the aspirations of our nations and our peoples. " HE al Buainain added.

HE Saif Al Buainain voiced his satisfaction with what has been done in previous years of age Forum thanks to joint efforts from both sides .. Noting in this context to creation of a lot of mechanisms for cooperation, which included political, economic, cultural, social fields embodied in the executive program for the years 2010 - 2012 which was adopted by the Fourth Ministerial Conference in the Chinese city of Tianjin in May 2010.

HE al Buainain stressed that the Forum will serve to enhance and develop the common interests of both the Arab and Chinese sides and would achieve its objective. "We only have identify priorities and detailed measure as well as setting up more solid structures to achieve of the executive program for the years 2010 - 2012 ", he added.

Director of West Asia and North Africa Department at the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Chen Xiao Dong, who is also head of Chinese delegation to the Forum said the development of China-Arab relations, represents a sincere desire of the Chinese government and people .. He stressed that the Chinese government will continue as usual, its firm support for the Arab nation's causes and its support for the Arab countries to choose their own development paths and political systems with their independent will besides efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

Addressing the opening session, the Chinese official stressed that the Chinese government is willing to share development experiences and development opportunities with Arab countries to face the challenges together, as well as broadening and deepening the friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in all areas and focus on the most important cooperation points and raise the efficiency of its mechanisms and to maintain the vitality of this Forum. He noted that a signing of the Tianjin Declaration in May last year, would establish strategic relations between the Arab and Chinese sides in all areas of common interest.

He said that with joint efforts and continuous consultation, the two sides will strengthen their cooperation and mutual understanding on issues of interest to both sides as well as coordination in regional and international affairs and integration in finance, resources, market, and strategic coordination and raise the level of cooperation and various mechanisms of the Forum would enhance the chances of peace in the region and the world.