Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States, Sept. 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Rui)
NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met here with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra on Saturday on the sidelines of the ongoing 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
China and Algeria enjoy a special and deep friendship which has stood tests of turbulent international situation and got further advanced during the combat against COVID-19, making the two countries true friends in need and friends of faith, Wang said.
He said China is ready to stand together with Algeria to pass on the traditional friendship and move along the path of development and revitalization to open up new prospects in bilateral relations.
For his part, Lamamra said Algeria and China are good friends with a high-level and strong comprehensive strategic partnership, adding that both countries uphold common principles in international affairs and have common goals in national revitalization.
He expressed appreciation for China's strong support for Algeria in promoting its national strategy as well as willingness to expand and deepen communication and cooperation in various fields with China.
Algeria highly appreciates the Global Development Initiative (GDI) put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping, actively supports it and has joined the Group of Friends of the GDI, he said, adding that his country looks forward to enhancing bilateral cooperation and consensus to achieve common development and prosperity.
Algeria appreciates China's insistence on its objective and fair stance on the issue of Ukraine and is in favor of finding solutions through negotiations to resume peace and stability, he said.
Wang said under the guidance of Xi and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, China and Algeria have maintained solid mutual trust and frequent and close contacts with bilateral cooperation being continuously deepened, fully demonstrating the high level of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.
Noting that Algeria is a major developing country and a representative of emerging economies, Wang said China appreciates Algeria for joining the Group of Friends of the GDI as one of the first members and actively implementing the initiative, and is willing to work with Algeria to play constructive role in global peace and development.
During the meeting, the two sides agreed to speed up negotiations to sign the five-year plan for China-Algeria comprehensive strategic cooperation, the plan for the Belt and Road cooperation, and the three-year plan for cooperation in major fields, among others, so as to inject new dynamic into bilateral practical cooperation.
Both sides agreed to deepen cooperation between China and Arab states. China supports Algeria in playing its role as the rotating chair of Arab League and holding the Arab League summit well, and welcomes Algeria to join the BRICS family.
Both sides also agreed to strengthen unity, jointly uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, jointly safeguard the principle of non-interference in internal affairs in order to jointly promote international equity and justice. ■