KSA, China say Lebanon shouldn't be launchpad for 'terrorism'


After talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and King Salman and his 37-year-old son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, China and KSA expressed their keenness on stability and unity in Lebanon.

In a joint statement from Riyadh, they stressed the importance of making the required reforms and holding dialogue and consultations to overcome the crisis in Lebanon.

The statement said that Lebanon shouldn't be a launchpad for "terrorist acts"

and drug smuggling.

The two sides also stressed "the importance of stability" in oil markets, and spoke of "focusing on emissions rather than sources" in tackling climate change.

Forty-six agreements and memorandums of understanding were announced on everything from housing to Chinese language teaching, as both sides are seeking economic and strategic benefits by deepening cooperation.

President Xi Jinping will also meet Arab leaders in Riyadh.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Sudan's de facto leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had all arrived by Thursday afternoon.

Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati has confirmed his attendance.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Tunisian President Kais Saied, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, and Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch have also confirmed their attendance.

Comments 1
Thumb chrisrushlau 10 December 2022, 19:22

It's possible to imagine the oppressed Shia majorities in southwest Asia being the stumbling block that brings down both Xi and the Gulf kings. I'm pretty sure that China tolerates Xi and his "better than Mao" cult of personality because he is a competent manager. Racism is bad management.