On June 11, 2012, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with visiting Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ashour Ben Khayil in Beijing.
Yang hailed the smooth transition of bilateral ties between the two nations since the establishment of the new Libyan regime. "The Chinese side respects the Libyan people's choice of their own political system and development path in accordance with Libya's own national conditions. China supports Libya's efforts for economic and social reconstruction," Yang said. Yang noted the Chinese side is willing to work together with the Libyan side to enhance political trust, expand pragmatic cooperation in all areas, increase cultural and people-to-people exchanges and strengthen coordination in international affairs so as to push for all-round development of bilateral ties.
Khayil thanked the Chinese side for its support for the new regime amid changes of the Libyan situation, adding that the Libyan side attaches great importance to its ties with China. The Libyan side is willing to make joint efforts with China to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between the two nations in all areas and push forward friendly cooperative ties in a sustained way, Khayil said.
The two foreign ministers also exchanged their views on regional and international issues of common concern.