January 30, 2002

CPPCC Chairman Li Ruihuan Arrives in Morocco

Li Ruihuan, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, arrived in Morocco on Wednesday for a three-day official goodwill visit to Morocco.

Li said in a short speech at the airport to Moroccan television that his visit is aimed at increasing mutual understanding, common ground, friendship and cooperation between China and Morocco.

During his visit, Li is expected to meet with leaders of Morocco and exchange views on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues.

Li said that he believes his visit will play an active role in promoting the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.

At the airport, Li was greeted by Moroccan Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Najib Zerouali, Minister in charge of Parliament Relations Mohamed Bouzoubaa, Minister of Economic Forecast and Planning Abdelhamid Aouad and Chinese Ambassador to Morocco Xiong Zhanqi. He also inspected the guards of honor of Morocco.

China and Morocco established full diplomatic relations in November 1958. Over the past 40-plus years of relationship, top leaders of the two countries have exchanged visits frequently. Cooperation between them has expanded smoothly.

"We are satisfied with the development of our relations," Li said. "We hope that the friendly relations between our two countries will grow to a higher stage in the new century."

(Xinhua 04/26/2001)

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