Beijing supports Islamic way to solve issues, FM says

2022-03-23 08:09:09China Daily Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday that China will continue to support Islamic countries using Islamic wisdom to resolve hot spot issues and find solutions to maintaining stability and promoting peace.

Wang made the remark when addressing the two-day 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Islamabad, which is being hosted by Pakistan.

The OIC is the world's second-largest intergovernmental body after the United Nations, with 57 members across four continents.

Noting it is the first time a Chinese foreign minister has been invited to attend an OIC foreign ministers' meeting, Wang said it fully shows sincerity for China and the Islamic world to enhance exchanges and cooperation and is bound to elevate bilateral ties to a new level.

As the theme of the two-day conference is "Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice and Development", Wang said it reflected the common calls of most countries in the world.

In the face of a world of turbulence and transformation, Wang called for China and Islamic countries to be partners on unity and coordination, adding that the two sides have always been committed to mutual respect and trust and have supported each other's core concerns.

China and Islamic countries should resolutely support each other in safeguarding their own legitimate rights and interests, as well as the shared interests of most developing countries, Wang said.

China stands ready to work with Islamic countries to champion true multilateralism, uphold the principles and purposes of the UN Charter and the UN-centered international system, Wang added.

He underlined that the two sides should be development and revitalization partners, pledging that China would provide 300 million vaccine doses to help Islamic countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wang also suggested the two sides bolster strategic synergy by fully leveraging high-quality Belt and Road construction and implementing the Global Development Initiative, so as to lead South-South cooperation and inject strong impetus into the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

According to Wang, China has signed cooperation documents with 54 Islamic countries and carried out nearly 600 major projects worth $400 billion, bringing tangible benefits to people on both sides.

Noting that Chinese and Islamic civilizations are both ancient and have significant influence, Wang said the two sides have discovered a path of friendship and win-win cooperation, which serves as a model for practicing a new type of international relations and for different countries to get along.

Wang said the two sides should advocate the common values of humanity and oppose discrimination against and conflict between civilizations.


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