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Premier Wen Jiabao Meets with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani

On January 18, 2012, visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Doha.

During the meeting, Wen conveyed President Hu Jintao's cordial greetings and good wishes to Emir Hamad. Wen said China-Qatar relations have seen rapid development although diplomatic ties between the two countries are young. Both countries have adhered to the principles of respecting each other and treating each other as equals, the premier noted. The Chinese and Qatari economies are highly complementary, and China is ready to work with Qatar to push bilateral political relations and pragmatic cooperation to higher levels from a strategic perspective, said Wen.

He said he has deeply felt the Arab people's friendship toward the Chinese people during his ongoing Gulf tour. The development of the China-Arab relations has a solid political foundation and enjoys extensive public support, Wen said, adding that both sides hope to intensify pragmatic cooperation so as to promote their socioeconomic development and bring tangible benefits to their peoples. The Chinese premier said he is confident in the future of the China-Arab relations.

Noting that profound and complicated changes are taking place across West Asia and North Africa, Wen said China believes that countries in the region can solve their own problems by themselves. China supports the efforts made by Qatar and other Gulf nations in maintaining regional stability, he said, adding that the international community should play a constructive role in this regard and that China is ready to enhance communication and coordination with Qatar.

The emir, for his part, asked Wen to convey his cordial greetings and good wishes to President Hu Jintao. He said Wen's visit has yielded fruitful results and greatly improved bilateral relations. He said Qatar is committed to pushing forward friendly cooperation with China in various areas, carrying out Qatar-China cooperation consensus and projects and stepping up coordination and collaboration with China on regional and world affairs so as to lift the bilateral relations to higher levels.

On the same day, Wen met with the staff of the Chinese Embassy in Qatar and representatives from Chinese-funded institutions, overseas Chinese and Chinese students in Qatar.

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