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05 December 2023

GCC, China agree on strategic relations, dialogue

By Wam

The Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States (GCC) and China agreed Friday on setting up the strategic partnership, boosting dialogue and confidence and upgrading bilateral cooperation in the best interest of the two parties.

In a final statement at the conclusion of a one-day session of the Third GCC-China Strategic Dialogue, the two sides underlined the common desire to continue coordination and cooperation with the aim of strengthening the Sino-GCC strategic relations and understanding.

They agreed to work towards a strategic partnership through solid dialogue and trust. They signed the plan of action for the years 2014-17 which would boost the cooperation in the political, economic, trade, energy, environment protection, climate change, culture, education, health and sport fields.

The two sides agreed to establish a free trade zone that would benefit the two sides, noting that they looked forward to resuming negotiations in this respect.

The dialogue was co-chaired by Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.