The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Amb. Ahmed Isse Awad, arrived in Beijing to attend the eighth session of the ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), which begins today. Chinese President Xi Jinping will address the opening session in appreciation of the importance of his country’s relations with the Arab countries.
The CASCF, founded 14 years ago, has facilitated China’s cooperation and communication with the Arab states as a whole.
The ministerial meeting is the permanent mechanism of the forum and convenes every two years, with the option for extraordinary sessions if necessary.
China and Arab states are expected to have depth discussion on how to jointly advance the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and strengthen overall cooperation with a view to drawing up a blueprint for China-Arab relations in the new era.