Chinese president praises UAE’s development model, tolerance

Abu Dhabi: President Xi Jinping of China arrived in the UAE on Thursday for a three-day state visit accompanied by First Lady Peng Liyuan.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received the distinguished guest and his accompanying delegation at the Presidential Airport.

Upon his arrival, President Xi was accorded an official reception ceremony including the playing of the national anthem of China and a 21-gun salute.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed welcomed the Chinese president, expressing their happiness at his visit to the UAE and hoping that the visit would establish a new stage of cooperation and joint work to serve the interests of both nations.

The UAE leaders and President Xi held cordial talks about shared historical relations, which have seen a unique development and improvement on all levels.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed highlighted the significant role that China plays in resolving regional and international political and economic issues and in strengthening the pillars of understanding, coordination and consultation with the UAE to serve security, peace and development in the region and the world.

“The UAE today welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping on his first overseas visit after being re-elected president of China. We value this visit and consider it historic, as it establishes a new strategic stage in the relations of both countries,” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid tweeted.

“The UAE accounts for about a quarter of the Arab trade with China, with nearly Dh200 billion in 2017 and the UAE welcomed more than one million Chinese tourists in 2017. We have partnerships in various sectors including oil, renewable energy, and infrastructure as well as technology. We seek to double these figures in the coming period,” he tweeted.

“The UAE is the first Gulf state to establish a strategic partnership with China and we are committed to consolidating the existing economic and political relations and building strong cultural, civil and humanitarian relations.” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid further said.

“We are pleased with the Chinese President’s visit to the UAE. A historic visit by all standards and (it) heralds a new stage of cooperation between the two countries in all fields, which will bring prosperity, development and prosperity to the peoples of the two countries,” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed said on his twitter page.

“The UAE and China shares many interests including peace, stability, development, investment and preparation for the future. Our long-standing relationship and partnership comes in response to the changes and development requirements of both countries. Our confidence in President Xi’s vision and building on his historic visit is a major milestone for our common goals,” Shaikh Mohammad tweeted.

For his part, the Chinese President expressed his happiness at visiting the UAE, with which China shares friendly relations and a common vision on many issues. He wished the UAE further growth, progress and prosperity.

“In response to the kind invitation of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, I am very pleased to visit the UAE. On this occasion, I would like to extend, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, our sincere greetings and good wishes to the government and the people of the UAE,” the Chinese President said.

“The UAE has always been outpacing the Middle East countries in terms of economic diversification, tolerance and social openness. It is an ideal model for development and prosperity in the Arab world and plays a positive role in maintaining and promoting peace and stability in the region since the establishment of diplomatic relations 34 years ago.

“China and the UAE have always dealt with one another based on respect and equality. The bilateral relations have seen great development and the practical cooperation in all fields has achieved fruitful results” President Xi added.

The Chinese side attaches great importance to the development of China-UAE strategic partnership and is keen to work together with the UAE side to further expand and deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in all fields in the framework of building the ‘Belt and Road’, to further take the UAE-Chinese relations to greater heights, he further said

“I am looking forward to meeting Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and the UAE leaders to exchange views on how to upgrade the bilateral relations.

“I’m fully confident that this visit will be a complete success and will promote friendship between the two countries and peoples thanks to the joint efforts of both sides.” President Xi concluded.

Present at the reception ceremony were Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Lt- General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; and Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as other ministers and top officials.

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