On March 31, 2019, President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia, the rotating presidency of the Council of Heads of Government of the Arab League (AL), on the convening of the 30th Arab League Summit in Tunis.
Xi Jinping pointed out that the AL, dedicated to promoting peace, stability and development of the Middle East, has been an active advocator in solving hot-spot issues with political solutions, and I appreciate the AL's unremitting efforts to the unification and self-improvement of the Arab world.
Xi Jinping stressed that China and the Arab States enjoy a profound traditional friendship. The Eighth Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum was successfully convened in Beijing last July, during which both China and the Arab States agreed to build a future-oriented strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation and common development. This is a new historical starting point for the friendly cooperation between China and the Arab States. The Chinese side is willing to work together with the Arab side to enhance strategic mutual trust, promote practical cooperation, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and implement the Declaration of Action on China-Arab States Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative to jointly create a better future for China-Arab strategic partnership and make contributions to promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.