|Wang Yi Speaks with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on the Phone|
On January 31, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
Wang Yi said that the year 2020 was a very extraordinary year. China and Saudi Arabia have been working hand in hand to help each other fight the pandemic, and their relations have made new progress. The two heads of state talked over phone three times, in which they firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns, and pledged to join hands to fight the pandemic and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, demonstrating what comprehensive strategic partnership was meant to be.
Wang Yi said, China and Saudi Arabia should earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state and constantly enrich the bilateral ties. China will continue to support Saudi Arabia to follow the path of development suited to its national conditions and to promote its economic diversification as well as social reform. The two sides should make good preparations for the China-Arab summit to ensure its full success, and work together to build a China-Arab community with a shared future. The two countries also need to work together to advance practical cooperation in various fields and press ahead with the early completion of the China-Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Area.
Wang Yi said that China attaches great importance to Saudi Arabia's important influence in the region and understands Saudi Arabia's reasonable concerns in safeguarding the security of its own and the Persian Gulf. China condemns attacks on civilians and civilian facilities in Saudi Arabia, supports Saudi Arabia's efforts to maintain security and stability, and opposes external interference, unilateral bullying and terrorism. China is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with Saudi Arabia on the situations of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, as well as on regional hot topics, so as to jointly promote regional peace and stability.
Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud thanked China for supporting the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to maintain its security and stability, and agreed with Wang Yi on promoting cooperation between the two countries. He said that in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Saudi Arabia have overcome difficulties and joined hands to move forward, with great progress being made in their cooperation in various fields. It reflects the deep and robust friendship between the two countries and reveals the essence of their comprehensive strategic partnership. Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to its relations with China, and continues to give priority to the Saudi Arabia-China relationship. Saudi Arabia is willing to work with China to firmly support each other politically, strengthen mutual benefit, win-win results and interconnectivity in the economic field, and jointly prepare for the China-Arab summit, so as to make every effort to push the strategic relations between the two countries to a higher level.