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Liu Yandong Attends China-Egypt University Presidents Forum

On the afternoon of March 26 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended and addressed the closing ceremony of the China-Egypt University Presidents Forum in Cairo, the capital of Egypt.

Liu Yandong said that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between China and Egypt. President Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to Egypt two months ago. Themed by the "Belt and Road" and China-Egypt People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges, the Forum is the practical action to implement the consensus of the two heads of state and will definitely build a new platform to promote bilateral cooperation in education and China-Egypt friendship. Both sides should give full play to the unique advantages of people-to-people and cultural exchanges, strengthen people's support for China-Egypt friendship, and inject new vigor and vitality into the "Belt and Road" construction.

Liu Yandong said that both sides should respect each other, advocate equal-footed dialogues among different civilizations, be open-minded and inclusive, and promote harmonious coexistence of diverse civilizations. The two sides should conduct mutual learning, enhance the strategic planning of people-to-people and cultural exchanges, deepen practical cooperation in fields of education, science and technology, culture, health, tourism and local governments, and promote win-win cooperation and common development. The two sides should improve exchange mechanisms. Under the framework of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the two countries should build brand projects, set up broad platforms, and expand the influence and coverage of people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to make the exchanges between China and Egypt the "engine" of boosting China-Arab and China-Africa people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Liu Yandong said, university serves as a pioneer, pusher, and beneficiary of China-Egypt people-to-people and cultural exchanges. She hopes that universities in the two countries further deepen the cooperation in talent training, scientific research, and social services, and promote communication between teachers and students of the universities, resources sharing, and innovation, so as to break new ground for bilateral development of higher education and build bridges for bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Their role as think-tanks in promoting the development of the China-Egypt relations shall be brought into full play to focus on strategic issues, serve public decision making, and guide public opinions, thus making due contributions to the new type of international relations with win-win cooperation as its core.

Before the forum, Liu Yandong and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Ashraf al-Shehhi of Egypt jointly attended the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Model Confucius Institute Building at Cairo University, and cut the ribbon for the Chinese Higher Education Exhibition.

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