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FM meets with UN general assembly president

Updated: Sep 28,2015 7:54 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with the President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Mogens Lykketoft in Beijing on Sept 26, to discuss issues of common concern, including the leading role of the United Nations in international affairs.

Wang recalled that President Xi Jinping elaborated on China’s policy proposals for global development and a series of measures to implement the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit at the UN headquarters in New York.

Xi also co-chaired the Roundtable on South-South Cooperation and would chair the UN Women Summit.

According to Wang, these developments are among practical actions performed by the Chinese government to take the lead in implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which also embodies China’s sincere support for the UN.

The Chinese foreign minister said China, as a founding member of the UN, has consistently supported the organization in playing an important role in international affairs, has advocated that the international community should adhere to the mission and principles of the UN Charter, and has actively pushed forward multilateralism.

He also added that poverty elimination and economic development are of great significance to all the countries when the world faces many development challenges.

As the world’s biggest developing economy and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China appreciates and upholds the decision of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly to make development issues a priority, Wang said.

While expressing his concern for development in China and his admiration of the progress China has achieved, Lykketoft said China, an important UN member, has played an important constructive role in international affairs.

Lykketoft said he has carefully studied the Chinese president’s speech at the UN Development Summit and highly appreciated China’s active measures in combating climate change and promoting sustainable development.