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BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that China stands ready to work with Egypt to expand cooperation in such areas as infrastructure construction, production capacity, and science and technology, and lift their comprehensive strategic partnership to new levels.

Xi made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Noting that Egypt is both the first Arab country and the first African country to establish diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China, Xi pointed out that the China-Egypt relationship serves as a model of China-Arab and China-Africa solidarity and win-win cooperation.

China has always placed Egypt in an important position in its overall foreign policy, and is a reliable friend and partner of Egypt, he stressed.

China supports Egypt's efforts in safeguarding its national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and supports the Egyptian people in pursuing a development path that suits their national conditions, Xi said.

He added that China is ready to work with Egypt to consolidate political mutual trust, firmly support each other, strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, and jointly safeguard multilateralism and international fairness and justice.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Egypt have provided each other with anti-epidemic emergency supplies, which has fully demonstrated their true friendship in time of adversity, Xi noted.

China, he said, stands ready to work with Egypt to increase vaccine cooperation, cement international solidarity against COVID-19, and promote the building of a global community of health for all.

Xi pointed out that despite the pandemic, China-Egypt practical cooperation has maintained a sound momentum of development, with major cooperation projects moving forward in an orderly manner and positive progress having been made in cooperation in such areas as law enforcement security and aerospace.

China and Egypt should better synergize their development strategies and promote cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, he said, adding that China supports more Chinese businesses investing in the Middle East country.

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