6 June 2014

Egypt: Fahmy - Egypt Determined to Uproot Terrorism

Egypt's foreign minister reiterated on Thursday his country's determination to uproot terrorism, which is still one of Egypt's top challenges to development and stability.

Nabil Fahmy, speaking at the sixth ministerial session of the Sino-Arab Forum for Cooperation in Beijing, expressed Egypt's full condemnation of the latest terrorist acts in China, saying "we are fully supporting China in face of terrorism".

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi were among the participants.

Fighting poverty is still a pressing issue posing a serious threat to social and economic stability in Arab countries, he said, calling for encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises as well as developing medical and social insurance.

Referring to the growing Arab-Chinese relations, Fahmy said there is ongoing coordination between the Arab countries and China towards regional and international developments, especially the Palestinian issue.

China supports Arab demands of an independent Palestinian State within 1967 borders, he said.

As for the economy, Arab countries became the seven biggest trade partner to China over the past few years as trade rose from 36 billion dollars in 2004 to 225 billion dollars by the end of 2012.

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