China expressed its confidence in Saudi Arabia as an important power in the Islamic world, stressing its opposition to “external forces that point the finger at Saudi Arabia under the banner of human rights and democracy.”
During a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan, on the sidelines of their participation in the International Conference on Central and South Asia, which will be held tomorrow in Uzbekistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed that his country attaches great importance to the comprehensive strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia.
Wang stressed that China firmly supports Saudi Arabia in safeguarding its sovereignty and security, and opposes foreign forces who point the finger at it under the banner of human rights and democracy and who interfere in Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs.
He said that China will continue to provide assistance to Saudi Arabia in the fight against COVID-19, support Saudi Vision 2030, the “Green Saudi Arabia” and “Green Middle East” initiatives, and enhance cooperation between China and Saudi Arabia in areas such as energy, investment and finance.
Wang stressed that he is confident that Saudi Arabia, as an important power in the Islamic world, can make positive contributions to the political settlement of the Afghan issue.
In turn, the Saudi foreign minister said that China is a strong partner of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia will firmly support China on issues related to China’s sovereignty.
Wang said Saudi Arabia hopes to strengthen communication and coordination with China on Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear issue and other issues.