Chinese President Jiang Zemin and Egyptian
President Muhammed Hosni Mubarak Wednesday night talked over
phone as requested by the latter.
presidents exchanged views on combating terrorism and the
Middle East peace process.
elaborated Egypt's position and views on combating terrorism
and the Middle East peace process.
stressed that the international community should make
various joint efforts to fight terrorism, and he held that
the international community should urge Israel and Palestine
to come back to the negotiation table and move forward the
Middle East peace process.
reiterated the principled stance of China on combating
He pointed out that as for
the issues on combating terrorism and safeguarding
international peace, both China and Egypt hold that
international cooperation should be strengthened and the
role of the United Nations should be put into full play.
China and Egypt are against linking up terrorism with
religion and ethnic problems.
said: We appreciate the active role played by Arabic
countries, especially by Egypt, in fighting terrorism and
safeguarding regional peace and stability.
As for the Middle East peace process,
Jiang said that the Middle East issue is very important and
it is directly related to world and regional peace and
He said China always
supports the legitimate right of the Palestinian people and
the just struggle of the peoples of Arabic countries.
He said: We always hold that peaceful
negotiation is the only correct choice for the settlement of
the Middle East issue.
Jiang said that
under the current situation, it is especially important for
the international community to adopt a more active attitude
to push the Middle East peace process forward, and China
supports Egypt to play a positive role in the Middle East
Latest Developments Related to
Terror Attacks on US
The following is
major latest developments related to the September 11 terror
attacks in the United States.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday that the code
name of the U.S. military buildup in response to the
September 11 terrorist attacks was changed to
"Operation Enduring Freedom" from "Operation
-- Three men on
Tuesday were arrested in the central English city of
Leicester on terrorist charges. Reports here quoted a police
spokeswoman as saying that the men, aged 29, 35 and in his
mid-20s respectively, were being held for questioning and
their homes were being searched for further evidence.
-- The U.S. Defense Department on
Tuesday called an additional 1,940 members of the Reserve
troops and National Guard to assist active troops for
fighting against terrorists. They are in addition to more
than 10,303 Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members
already called up since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The Pentagon has said it expects to call up as many as
35,500 reservists to help with recovery efforts in New York
and Washington and to bolster U.S. air defenses.
-- A number of people, most of whom are
followers of Osama bin Laden, were reported to have entered
Batam Island, Indonesia, after they earlier made a series of
meetings with counterparts from some Asian countries. But
there has been no official statement from the authorities on
the report, according to the Antara News Agency Wednesday.
-- U.S. President George W. Bush has
postponed his scheduled visit to three Asian countries
including China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said
-- The American Red Cross
will grant up to 30,000 dollars to each family of those who
died or were missing in the September 11 terrorist attacks,
the organization announced Tuesday. The first tax-free
payments were already sent to families Friday to help them
with mortgage or rent payments and funeral costs.
-- Thousands of angry Afghans on
Wednesday set fire to the U.S. embassy building in Kabul,
capital of Afghanistan, according to a report by the
Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).
-- The Lebanese authority is planning
to freeze bank accounts suspected of being linked to
terrorism, Oriental radio reported on Wednesday. Riad
Salameh, governor of the Lebanese Central Bank, was quoted
as saying "The parliament has passed in April 2001 a
law to fight against money laundering and will block
accounts suspected of being linked to terrorism."
-- The Pakistani-Afghan border remains
closed, but it is still open to U.N. agencies with wheat
supplies, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
-- Three Japanese groups have
separately protested expected U.S. armed retaliation for the
September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States and
the Japanese government's move to send the Self-Defense
Forces (SDF) to support such military strikes, Kyodo News