China-Arab States Cooperation Forum
The launch of a China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) was announced by Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing of China and Secretary-General Amr Moussa of the League of Arab States on January 30, 2004 after President Hu Jintao's visit to the headquarters of the League, and met with Secretary-General Amr Moussa and representatives of this 22-member organization.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the Sixth CASCF Ministerial Meeting on June 5, 2014, President Xi Jinping characterized the CASCF as of strategic importance for the long-term development of bilateral relations and substantive cooperation.
The Seventh CASCF Ministerial Meeting was held in Doha, capital of Qatar, on May 12, 2016. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani each sent a letter of congratulations to the meeting. Under the theme of “Jointly Building the Belt and Road to Reinforce Strategic Cooperation,” the meeting reached a broad consensus on bilateral relations and future work of the CASCF.
By July 2016, seven CASCF ministerial meetings and 13 senior officials meetings had been held, and other mechanisms of cooperation have also been functioning well.