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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oman and China enhancing their ties

MASCAT, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- China is willing to enhance its ties with Oman by promoting mutual trust and cooperating more closely in such fields as trade, energy and culture, China's top political adviser Jia Qinglin said here Monday.
Jia, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, made the remarks when he met with Ahmed bin Mohammed al Isa'ee, president of Oman's State Consultative Council (SCC).

The two countries, linked by the Sea Silk Road in ancient times, have witnessed closer relations in all fields since the establishment of diplomatic ties, Jia said.

He proposed that the two sides respect the interest of each other and enhance the strategic mutual trust. The cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, infrastructure and fishing should be deepened.

The exchanges and cooperation in education, culture and arts can lay a foundation for the long-term friendship, Jia said.

The two sides should also foster multi-lateral cooperation in addressing global and regional issues to safeguard the interests of developing countries as well as the peace and stability in the Gulf region and the Middle East, he said.

Jia's remarks were echoed by Isa'ee, who hailed the traditional friendship between the two countries and the achievement of the cooperation in all fields.

Isa'ee noted that Oman appreciates China's support of the just cause of the Arab people. His country is keen to promote bilateral relations with China.

Jia said the CPPCC is willing to develop its relations with Oman's SCC in order to enhance the bilateral relations of the two countries.

The two leaders also attended the signing ceremony of agreements on human resources training and investment.

An agreement was also signed to build a monument to Zheng He, China's ancient navigator whose fleets arrived in Oman three times about 600 years ago and visited Oman's southern Dhofar region.

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