China, Turkey underscore security, counter-terrorism cooperation

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China on Thursday voiced appreciation of Turkey's decision to list the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as a terrorist organization.

During a meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the two sides agreed that anti-terrorism cooperation and common security are in their fundamental interests and the core of political mutual trust.

China firmly supports Turkey's defence of its national sovereignty, security and stability, said Wang.

Cavusoglu said Turkey regards China's security as its own and will never allow any activities in Turkish territory that jeopardize China's sovereignty and security.

The two sides agreed to improve cooperation and alignment between the Belt and Road Initiative and Turkey's Middle Corridor plan, according to Wang.

Stressing Turkey's geographic importance to the Belt and Road initiative, Wang said China will work with Turkey to expand areas of cooperation in the process of promoting the Belt and Road construction.

The two sides also discussed the Palestine-Israel issue, with Wang saying the only way out is peace talks.

During Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' visit to China in July, President Xi Jinping made a four-point proposal on the issue and China has taken measures to implement Xi's ideas, said Wang.

He said China would like to work with Turkey, which has a unique role to play, and other parties to make unremitting efforts to fundamentally solve the issue.

Cavusoglu is paying an official visit to China from Wednesday to Thursday. During the visit, he and Wang co-hosted the second meeting of the China-Turkey foreign ministers' consultation mechanism.

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