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Xi Jinping Holds Telephone Talks at Request with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia

On November 16, 2017, President Xi Jinping held telephone talks at request with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud extended sincere congratulations on the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Xi Jinping's re-election as General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, and stressed that the 19th CPC National Congress would certainly guide the Chinese people to achieve greater success. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud expressed that under joint guidance of President Xi Jinping and him, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and China has achieved great development. Saudi Arabia is willing to deeply boost cooperation between both countries through the Saudi Arabia-China High-level Joint Committee, integrate the Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 with the Belt and Road Initiative, and deepen cooperation in energy, finance and other areas. Saudi Arabia is ready to become an important partner of China in the Gulf region and commits to enhancing and deepening bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, which is in the interests of both countries and conducive to world and regional peace and stability.

Xi Jinping appreciated the congratulatory call from Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and pointed out that the 19th CPC National Congress which was concluded last month was of milestone significance for China's development. The Congress established the guiding ideology of China's development and made strategic deployment for China's modernization construction. We are confident of leading the Chinese people toward the lofty goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Xi Jinping stressed that the maintenance of close communication between the two heads of state is very important. China and Saudi Arabia are comprehensive strategic partners with continuous development in strategic mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation. No matter how the international and regional situation might change, China's resolution to deepen strategic cooperation with Saudi Arabia will remain unchanged. China supports Saudi Arabia's efforts in safeguarding national sovereignty and realizing greater development, and is willing to work with Saudi Arabia to deepen strategic cooperation, steadily advance the strategic integration of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, and well implement cooperation in variety areas through the China-Saudi Arabia High-level Joint Committee mechanism, in a bid to make bilateral relations more and better benefit the two peoples and people of other countries in the region.

The two heads of state also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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