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Premier Li: Boost welfare of Palestine

Zhang Yue
Updated: Jul 20,2017 7:17 AM     China Daily

China and Palestine should enhance cooperation in areas like trade, infrastructure, human resources and capacity building to help boost Palestine’s economic development and improve its livelihood, Premier Li Keqiang said on July 19.

Premier Li spoke as he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Peace and development serve as the premise of each other, Premier Li said, and China is ready to deepen cooperation with the State of Palestine to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results from fully implementing existing cooperation in key areas through bilateral and multilateral dialogue and coordination.

Abbas is making a state visit to China from July 24 to July 27, and was received by President Xi Jinping on July 18.

Premier Li said China, sharing deep friendship with Palestine, has been paying close attention to the Middle East peace process. He said China firmly supports the just cause of the Palestinian people and their pursuit of restoring their legitimate national rights. Premier Li said China is ready to continue to play an active role in international efforts in promoting negotiations toward a peaceful settlement.

Abbas expressed his gratitude and said Palestine is willing to keep high-level exchanges with China, and enhance cooperation in areas including industrial parks, clean energy and human resource training.