On January 26, 2011, Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun and Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Mohamed Higazy held in the Chinese foreign ministry the 11th regular political consultation between the Chinese and the Egyptian foreign ministries. The two sides exchanged views on China-Egypt relations as well as the regional and international issues of common concern.
Zhai said that Egypt is China's friend and an important partner of China in the Middle East and Africa. China appreciates Egypt's firm adherence to the one-China policy, supports Egypt's efforts of maintaining national sovereignty, social stability and solidarity of its people and opposes the interference of any external force in Egypt's internal affairs. In recent years, China-Egypt relations enjoy a sound momentum of development. China is willing to make joint efforts with Egypt to push forward the bilateral strategic cooperative relations.
He elaborated China's principled position on the Middle East issue and stressed that China always supports the just cause of the Palestinian people of restoring their legitimate national rights, advocates to resolve problems through dialogue and negotiation and appeals Israel to stop the construction of Jewish settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory and to withdraw from the Palestinian territory which was occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in order to eventually build an independent Palestinian state and realize peaceful coexistence between Palestine and Israel.
Higazy thanked China for its support for Egypt's efforts of maintaining national sovereignty and social stability and appreciated China's impartial stance on the Palestinian issue. He emphasized that Egypt attaches great importance to developing relations with China and expects to continue to expand the bilateral friendly cooperation in various fields and further strengthen coordination and collaboration with China in both regional and international affairs.