Monday, February 16, 2004


Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Eygpt:

China’s President Hu Jintao has completed a four-day official visit to Egypt, during which he discussed Middle East tensions with President Hosni Mubarak.

Hu departed from the southern airport of Luxor on Sunday, after spending two days visiting the ancient city.

The Chinese leader, who arrived in Egypt after a four-day state visit to France, next visited the central African state of Gabon, then Algeria.

Hu, on his first visit to Egypt since becoming head of state last March, stressed during his visit what he called “the need to impose peace and security in the Middle East.”

Officials traveling with Hu and their Egyptian counterparts signed several cooperation agreements, including on technology and oil exploration in Egypt.

Egypt and China signed a “strategic partnership” agreement in 1999.


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