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President Jiang Zemin Held Talks With Ghaddafi

2002/04/15
On the afternoon of April 13, President Jiang Zemin held talks with Libyan leader Muammar Ghaddafi. The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral ties and on international and regional situations.

Ghaddafi said he has long expected Jiang's visit, and the Libyan people extend the warmest welcome to Jiang. He believes that Jiang's current visit would surely serve to give a big push to the relations between the two countries.

Jiang said the two nations have forged diplomatic ties for 24 years and bilateral friendly ties of cooperation have continued to be promoted. Both nations, as developing ones, once had identical experiences and now are faced with the same task of development. China and Libya are both developing countries, and there exist common language and interests between the two. Both countries value their national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and respect each other's social system and way of development. The two nations understand and support each other on international affairs, and maintain good coordination and cooperation so as to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests and those of other developing nations. Libya, as an important nation in Africa and the Arab world, has played a significant role in regional affairs. It is China's set policy to develop friendly cooperative ties in various fields with Libya. China is ready to cooperate with Libya to further deepen bilateral friendly cooperation in various sectors.

On the current international situation and China's foreign policy, Jiang said the international situation is complicated, but the overall pattern and development momentum have by no means changed, with peace and development still being the mainstream of the times. It is the common aspiration of all the people to seek peace, cooperation and development. China adopts an independent foreign policy of peace, stands firmly by independent sovereignty, territorial integrity and natinal dignity, and is opposed to any form of hegemonism. China is ready to establish and develop friendly relations with all other countries in the world on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. China has long held that the state-to-state conflicts should be solved through negotiations and consultations, and should not resort to the use or threat of the use of force. All countries, no matter big or small, rich or poor, strong or weak, should be on equal footing in the international community and have the right to take part in the international affairs. Each country should, in accordance with their own circumstances, independently choose their own social system and road of development.

Reiterating that China is opposed to any form of terrorism, Jiang said the anti-terrorism fight should have the right objective, obtain the authentic evidence and avoid hurting innocent people. At the same time, the anti-terrorism fight should make every effort to eliminate the origin that leads to terrorism and China is against the practice that links the terrorism with certain nationality or religion.

Jiang said that the Chinese government is deeply worried about the continuous tension in the Middle East, and that the longer the issue cannot be settled, the greater threat and negative impact it will impose on regional stability and on world peace and development at large. China, as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, has always made its due efforts to solve the issue in line with relevant U.N. Security council resolutions and the "Land for Peace" principle. China is ready to maintain frequent communication and consultations with the Arab nations, including Libya, so as to work to promote the early settlement of the Middle East issue.

Ghaddafi spoke highly of China's independent foreign policy of peace, saying that China is a great nation in its development. China shoulders major responsibility in international affairs. He hoped China continues to achieve greater progress and plays an even more important role. The majority of the developing nations, especially those in Africa, are willing to develop mutually beneficial and friendly relations with China. he wished China would strengthen contacts with the African Union countries and promote common development.

After the talks, the two leaders attended a signing ceremony. The two sides signed three documents, including a memorandum on investment cooperation, an agreement on cooperation between China National Petroleum Corporation and Libyan National Oil Company, and an implementation agreement on railway cooperation.

In the evening, Jiang attended a welcoming banquet hosted in his honor by Ghaddafi. Main Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in Libyan were also present. Ghaddafi's wife also gave a dinner for Jiang's wife Wang Yeping at the hotel the latter stayed at.

After the talks between the two leaders, Vice-Premier Qian Qichen, who was accompanying Jiang on his tour, exchanged views on issues of common concern with Libyan Secretary of Foreign Communication and International Cooperation Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Shalgam.
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