On May 2, 2011, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil el-Arabi in Cairo.
Yang said Egypt was the first Arab country to recognize New China and establish strategic cooperative relationship with China, with bilateral ties on a firm basis which can be regarded as an example of south-south cooperation. China appreciates Egypt's long-standing adherence to the one-China policy and its persistent support of China on Taiwan and other issues. The year 2011 marks the 55 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations. Under the new circumstances, China will continue its established policy of strengthening strategic cooperation with Egypt, Yang said. The two sides should deepen political and strategic cooperation, consolidate practical cooperation in all sectors and coordinate closely on international and regional affairs. Both sides should consolidate cooperation within the frameworks of China-Arab, China-Africa relations and maintain communication and exchanges between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.
Yang said the situation in Egypt was changing and that China respects the will and choice of Egyptian people. China supported the efforts made by Egypt to maintain domestic stability and promote economic and social development, said Yang. The Egyptian side had enough wisdom and abilities to realize a smooth transition of power and enter a new era of stability and development, he added. Egypt is a big country in the Arab world and in Africa, he said, expressing hope Egypt will continue to play a positive role in promoting regional stability and development.
Arabi said Egypt highly appreciated the development and progress achieved in China and would never forget the support and help that China offered to Egypt and other developing countries. Egypt appreciated China's position after changes in Egypt's domestic situation and expected to strengthen cooperation and exchanges with China in such sectors as economy, high-tech and research. Arabi also voiced support of bilateral cooperation in the frameworks of China-Arab, China-Africa cooperation.
The two foreign ministers also discussed the situation in West Asia and North Africa.