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President Hu Jintao Holds Talks with President of the Palestinian National Authority Abbas

Chinese President Hu Jintao Holds the Welcoming Ceremony at the Square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People for President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas' Visit to China

On the afternoon of May 18, 2005, President Hu Jintao held talks with President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas in the Great Hall of the People. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on the bilateral relations and the Middle East issue and agreed to make joint efforts to develop the China-Palestine friendly cooperative relations in an all-round way and actively promote the Middle East peace process.

Hu said that China is one of the first countries supporting the Palestine national liberation movement and recognizing the Palestinian state. Over half of a century the Chinese and Palestinian people have developed profound traditional friendship and become sincere, reliable and trust-worthy brothers and partners. We appreciate Palestine's consistent and firm support for the reunification cause of China and efforts to promote the development of friendly cooperative relations between China and Arab countries.

Hu pointed out that the Chinese government and people always firmly support the justice undertaking of the Palestinian people and to develop the long-term friendly cooperative relation between China and Palestine is an established policy of the Chinese government. In the political field, both sides can enhance the friendly exchanges at all levels in various fields through reinforcing the exchanges of high-level visits and between political parties. In terms of economy, both sides should take a long-term perspective to discuss new ways and methods of expanding the mutually beneficial cooperation, broaden cooperative areas and raising the cooperation scale in a bid to bring about tangible benefits to the two peoples. Both sides can also increase exchanges and cooperation in such fields as culture, education and health, promote the personnel exchanges between the two countries and build up the mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

Abbas said that the traditional friendship between Palestine and China has withstood the tests of time and fluctuating international situation and been deeply rooted in the hearts of the two peoples. The Chinese government and people always extend political support and economic assistance to the struggle of the Palestinian people for national liberation and independence, which the Palestinian people will never forget and appreciate very much. Palestine persistently pursues the one-China policy and expects to work with China to promote the development of bilateral ties, promote high-level exchanges, strengthen political dialogues and expand cooperation in various fields. He expressed hope that the signing of related documents between the two sides will create better conditions for the progress of Palestine-China economic and trade cooperation.

Talking about the Middle East issue, Hu said that the problem of Palestine and Israel should be solved through political negotiations on the basis of related UN resolutions and the principle of "land for peace", the implementation of the "roadmap" plan should be restored as soon as possible and the independent Palestinian state should be established at the earliest date possible. China always supports the Middle East peace process and plays a constructive role in this respect. We stand ready to cooperate with the international community to actively push for the complete and long lasting peace in the region as soon as possible.

Abbas introduced the latest developments of the internal reform of Palestine and its efforts of promoting the peace negotiations with Israel. He stressed that the "roadmap" plan provides the solution to the problem, the best way towards peace in the Middle East, complies with the fundamental interest of both sides and the entire region and should always been faithfully followed and implemented. Although there are many difficulties and obstacles in the road to peace, Palestine will resolutely take the direction of peace talks and reconciliation and ultimately realize the goal of establishing an independent Palestinian state, and realizing the peaceful coexistence with Israel and long-lasting peace in the Middle East.

Following the talks, the two heads of state attended the signing ceremony of 5 documents including the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the government of the Palestinian state and the Economic, Trade and technological Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the government of the Palestinian state.

Before the meeting, President Hu Jintao held the welcoming ceremony for Chairman Abbas' visit to China at the square outside the east gate of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairman Xu Jialu of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, Vice Chairman Huang Mengfu of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Vice Chairman Yang Bangjie of the Central Committee of China Zhi Gong Party were present at the ceremony.

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