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China-Arab Friendship Conference kicks off in Damascus
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The second China-Arab Friendship Conference opened in the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday, with nongovernmental organizations from both China and Arab countries to seek closer contact and cooperation.

The China-Arab Friendship Association delegation, headed by its Chairman Tumur Dawamat, and representatives from Arab countries as well as the Arab League took part in the conference.

The two-day event is aimed at consolidating the relations between Chinese and Arab people and strengthening the joint political, economic and social ties.

According to the agenda, there will be two plenary sessions to discuss means to further boost bilateral friendly ties, a symposium between Chinese and Arab scholars and meetings between entrepreneurs of both sides.

Besides, the conference attendees will also witness various cultural exchanges activities, including a photo exhibition showing the recent bilateral cooperation in various fields and a performance by China's Xinjiang Mukam Art Performing Troupe.

Co-sponsored by the China-Arab Friendship Association and the Arab League, the conference is held in accordance with the action plan of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum held in Bahrain this May.

(Xinhua News Agency October 28, 2008)

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