China and Egypt vowed in Beijing on Wednesday to further
intensify parliamentary exchanges and cooperation and foster the
regular exchange mechanism between the two parliaments.
The agreement was reached in the talks between top legislator Wu
Bangguo and visiting Egyptian parliament speaker Ahmed Sorour. They
also exchanged views on bilateral relations and other issues of
Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National
People's Congress (NPC), recalled his visit to Egypt in May when
the two parliaments set up the exchange mechanism, saying that the
NPC would join hands with the Egyptian parliament to improve the
quality and enhance the level of the bilateral cooperation.
"We hope to the see the cooperation between the two parliaments
help increase the mutual understanding and mutual trust between the
two peoples," Wu told Sorour.
He also acknowledged the rapid growth of the bilateral relations
in the past 50 years, highlighting the fact that the relations have
established a good example for harmonious coexistence and common
development among developing countries.
Wu said that China highly values the relations with Egypt,
expressing the hope that the two sides could cement the friendly
cooperation between the two governments, parliaments and political
parties in an effort to expand the mutual understanding and support
on international and regional issues of common concern.
He expressed his appreciation to Egypt's support on issues of
Taiwan, Tibet and human rights, noting that China also respects the
path that Egyptian people choose to develop their nation.
Wu also briefed the guest about the just-concluded 17th National
Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Sorour, who is Egypt's People's Assembly Speaker, extended his
congratulations to the success of the 17th CPC National
He also expressed his appreciation to the important agreements
reached in the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China- Africa
Cooperation held in November 2006 and the follow-up implementation
actions from China.
"I hope the important platform could help step up the
Egypt-China and Africa-China relations", Sorour said, noting that
the Egyptian People's Assembly would continue its efforts to
improve the exchange mechanism and generate new contribution to the
development of the bilateral relations.
He also reiterated Egypt's adherence to the one-China policy and
opposition to the "Taiwan independence."
(Xinhua News Agency October 25, 2007)