Chinese FM reviews bilateral ties with Russia, Portugal and Serbia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed with representatives of Russia, Portugal and Serbia the progress of the ties, in the context of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, which continues here today.

According to a statement, Wang told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that the recent meeting between the presidents of their countries marked the course of the development of ties and proposed working together to implement the consensus in a “comprehensive and efficient” way.

He called on both states to play their role as members of the UN Security Council responsibly in the face of global turbulence generated by the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic and other complex challenges.

He advocated deepening strategic and practical cooperation, promoting the construction of a fairer international order, opposing unilateralism and abuse of political power.

On the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Wang assured that China is committed to the parties resorting to peace talks and examining their security concerns there.

Meanwhile, with the Foreign Minister of Portugal, Joao Gomes Cravinho, the Chinese minister highlighted the foundations of mutual understanding and trust that support bilateral relations between Beijing and Lisbon.

He also referred to the sustained growth of commercial operations, the commitment of both parties to multilateralism and the positive role of Portugal in trade with the rest of the European Union.

Among other issues, he asked to further join forces to promote development and peace in the world, after asking Portugal to help Europe adopt an objective, rational and impartial attitude in its policy towards the Asian giant.

In his talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, the foreign minister conveyed President Xi Jinping’s cordial greetings and appreciation for Belgrade’s stance in favor of China’s efforts to protect its national security, sovereignty and interests.

He indicated that the two countries are partners who trust each other and emphasized the will to raise ties to higher levels.

Aside from bilateral issues, Wang Yi and his interlocutors also discussed major challenges facing the world today.

These meetings are part of the activities carried out by the foreign minister while he is at the UN headquarters in New York until September 25 to attend the 77th session of the General Assembly.

In addition to participating in the conclave, his agenda includes bilateral dialogues, meetings with his counterparts from the Brics group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and the troika of the Council of Gulf Cooperation.

Likewise, he will talk with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, the President of the General Assembly, Csaba Korosi, and leaders of other diplomatic missions.

The international conclave opened its 77th session last Tuesday and the high-level debate will last from the 20th to the 26th of this month.

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