Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, July 19, 2017. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)
BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhua) -- China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Palestine on trade, infrastructure, human resources and capacity building to improve its economic development and people's well-being, Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday.
Li made the remarks when meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a state visit to China from July 17 to 20.
"Peace and development are pre-conditions and guarantees for each other. China will deepen practical cooperation with Palestine to achieve mutual benefit," Li said.
Li called on both sides to carry out cooperation in key areas and push forward the cooperation through bilateral and multilateral consultation.
The premier said China had closely watched and supported the Middle East peace process and would always support the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights.
A peaceful and secure Middle East is vital to the region and world at large, Li said. "China will continue to exert its influence, fully support and actively participate in the international effort for the resumption of peace talks."
Abbas said Palestine appreciates China's stance on the Palestine issue and thanked China for the long-term important support.
Palestine looks to maintain high-level exchanges with China and enhance cooperation in industrial park development, clean energy and personnel training, Abbas said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Abbas laid a wreath at the Monument to the People's Heroes in Beijing.