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Hu Jintao Meets with Israeli Prime Minister

On the afternoon of January 11, 2007, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the Great Hall of the People.

Hu said this year marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic relations between China and Israel. In the past 15 years, bilateral ties have been developing continuously and both sides have made positive achievements in their cooperation in such fields as economy, trade, science, technology, agriculture, culture and education, Hu said. The development of bilateral ties conforms to the fundamental interests and common aspiration of the two peoples and is also conducive to regional peace and stability, Hu said, adding that China is ready to work with Israel to push for sound and steady development of the ties.

When talking about the situation in the Middle East, Hu said the early solution of the issue for the long-term peace and stability is the common aspiration of the people in the region and the international community as well. Hu urged the parties concerned to make concerted efforts for an early solution to the Middle East issue based on relevant UN resolutions and the principle of "land-for-peace". He also suggested all parties strive to realize the goal of peaceful coexistence through dialogue and consultations and in accordance with the spirit of mutual understanding and accommodation. "China will work with the international community and take a constructive approach to solving the Middle East issue in an all-round, impartial, long-term manner," said Hu.

Olmert said bilateral ties have been developing well and trade cooperation has maintained a momentum of rapid development. The Israeli government deems its relationship with China as one of its most important bilateral ties and is willing to further relations with China and cooperate with China in the fields of trade and economy, technology and science, research and development, information, agriculture, irrigation and culture, he said. Olmert expressed his appreciation of China's position of fairness in the Middle East issue and other regional issues, hoping China could continue to make positive efforts in this regard.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo, Chinese Ambassador to Israel Chen Yonglong and other officials attended the meeting.

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