Saudi crown prince backs China's counter-terrorism measures in Xinjiang

Chinese premier also supported promotion of counter-terrorism cooperation between two countries

News Desk February 23, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia's crown prince, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 22, 2019. PHOTO: XINHUA

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, during his visit to Beijing, endorsed China’s counter-terrorism strategy in Xinjiang.

"Saudi Arabia firmly adheres to the one-China policy. We respect and support China's rights to take counter-terrorism and de-extremism measures to safeguard national security. We stand ready to strengthen cooperation with China," he said while meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday.

Both leaders signed key agreements related to energy production and the chemical industry as a growing sign of increasing bilateral friendship and strategic relationship between the two countries, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Noting that the Arabian Peninsula is a part of the ancient Silk Road, Prince Mohammed said Saudi Arabia supports the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and hopes to align it with the Saudi Vision 2030 to deepen bilateral practical cooperation in various fields.

The Chinese premier also supported the promotion of counter-terrorism cooperation between the two countries.

"The two sides should promote counter-terrorism cooperation in the Middle East, strengthen international de-extremism cooperation and prevent the spread and infiltration of extremism," he said.


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