On June 11, 2012, Vice President Xi Jinping met with visiting Libyan Foreign Minister Ashour Ben Khayil at the Great Hall of the People.
Xi said China-Libya relations are based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and have withstood the test of international vicissitudes, adding that developing reciprocal cooperation in all areas conforms to the fundamental interests of the two peoples and is conducive to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world. China is ready to join hands with Libya to maintain mutual respect, sincere cooperation and close exchanges and to promote friendly cooperation in the new situation for the benefit of both countries and their peoples, the vice president said.
Xi said currently the political and economic reconstruction in Libya has entered a crucial period. Although the Libyan interim government was formed not long ago, it has made positive progress in maintaining the country's stability, resuming economic development and promoting national reconciliation. "China will encourage its companies to participate in Libya's post-war reconstruction," said Xi. He said the Chinese side sincerely hopes that Libya will achieve long-term stability and prosperity.
Echoing Xi's comments on bilateral ties, Khayil said Libya appreciates China's "fair and responsible" position concerning Libya. He said Libya attaches great importance to its friendly relations with China and welcomes China to join in Libya's post-war reconstruction. Khayil said Libya will make joint efforts with China to push forward reciprocal cooperation in all fields.