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China says ties with Saudi Arabia a priority in its Middle East diplomacy


China has “always given priority” to its relations with Saudi Arabia in its diplomacy in the Middle East, according to the country’s foreign minister.

“China is willing to be Saudi Arabia's long-term, reliable and stable good friend and partner,” Wang Yi told his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in a phone call on Sunday evening.

“In the face of the volatile international situation, China and Saudi Arabia need to maintain close strategic communication, which is an inherent part of the China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership.”

He said relations between the two countries have developed steadily and Beijing wants to “push bilateral relations to a higher and deeper level,” read a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

“China appreciates Saudi Arabia's firm standing with China on issues concerning China’s core interests,” Wang said.

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