China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are moving towards establishing a strategic partnership, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
“Both sides agreed that conditions are ripe for the establishment of China-GCC strategic partnership and both sides will speed up the process so as to push bilateral relations to a new level,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday night after Foreign Minister Wang Yi met GCC Secretary General Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf in China.
Al-Hajraf and foreign ministers of GCC member states Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain are on a five-day visit to China until Friday.
The GCC and China, the statement added, should “send positive signals to the outside world, and better safeguard legitimate interests of both sides and common interests of regional countries.”
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