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Vice President calls for stability in North Africa

Updated: 2011-04-11 21:07


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BEIJING- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday appealed for early stability in West Asia and North Africa.

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"We believe the affairs of West Asian and North African nations should be left to decide on their own. We expect the regions to resume stability as early as possible," Xi told the visiting Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Taieb Fassi Fihri on Monday afternoon.

China was very concerned about recent unrest in some countries in the region, Xi said, proposing dialogue and negotiation as the way to resolve disputes and differences.

Xi said China-Morocco relations enjoy a solid political foundation and broad public basis.

He proposed stronger political trust, deeper pragmatic cooperation, more people-to-people exchanges and closer coordination in international and regional issues.

Fihri, who was on a three-day visit to China, praised the robust development of bilateral relations and reaffirmed the commitment of the Moroccan government to its ties with China.

Fihri said Morocco would like to work more closely with China to expand investment and promote the all-around growth of bilateral ties.

Earlier on Monday, Fihri held talks with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, on issues of common concern.


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