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Wang Yi Chairs the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of Ancient Civilizations Forum

2019/09/26

On September 25, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of Ancient Civilizations Forum at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Foreign Minister Diego Pary Rodríguez of Bolivia, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan of Armenia, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias of Greece, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim of Iraq, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio of Italy, Foreign Minister Néstor Popolizio Bardales of Peru, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry of Egypt, and others attended the meeting.

Wang Yi said, culture is the most enduring power. Exchanges and dialogues among civilizations can make people calm down, draw lessons from the long history, and enlighten the future through exchanges and mutual learning. They transcend disputes and contradictions, help us find the key to today's challenges, and consolidate the cultural foundation for building a community with a shared future for mankind. As ancient civilizations with a history spanning thousands of years, we should enhance confidence in our civilization, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, and contribute wisdom to solving our own problems and problems facing the modern world.

Foreign Ministers present had in-depth exchanges of views on strengthening exchanges in culture and among civilizations, and reached a four-point consensus. First, different countries, ethnic groups and civilizations should respect and treat each other as equals, stay open and inclusive, learn from each other, and oppose all forms of xenophobia and discrimination against civilizations; second, we need to strengthen exchanges and dialogue among different civilizations, in a bid to find new solutions to modern problems from time-honored civilizations; third, efforts should be made to safeguard multilateralism, preserve the hard-won achievements of civilizations, uphold the international system with the United Nations at its core, and maintain the international order based on international law; and fourth, the forum will further promote practical cooperation and further enhance connection among the Forum and international institutions and multilateral mechanisms, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to expand its influence.

A joint press statement of the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of Ancient Civilizations Forum was adopted at the meeting. All parties highly appreciated the Chinese side's hosting of this Foreign Ministers' Meeting and looked forward to attending the third Ministerial Meeting of the Ancient Civilizations Forum in Beijing in October this year.

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