The Arab League was established in 1945. In May, 1993, at the invitation of Vice Premier and Foreign Minister Qian Qichen, the Secretary-General of Arab League Maguid paid an official visit to China. In August the same year, the Arab League set up its representative office in Beijing. Since then the relations between China and the Arab League have continuously developed.
In October 1995, Deputy Secretary General of Arab League Kamal visited China and met with Deputy Foreign Minister Tian Zengpei, Assistant Foreign Minister Wang Changyi, President of Chinese People's Friendship with Foreign countries Association Qi Huaiyuan, Deputy Minister of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of Chinese Communist Party Li Chengren and the Vice Chairman of China International Trade Promotion Council Li Dayou. In May 1996, Chinese President Jiang Zemin met Dr. Maguid, Secretary General of Arab League during an official visit to Egypt. In February 1997, Dr. Maguid went to the Chinese Embassy in Egypt to pay his condolences to the passing of Deng Xiaoping. On July 1st, at the invitation of the Chinese government Dr. Maguid attended the handover ceremony of Hong Kong to China.
In December 1997, Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen met Dr. Maguid at the headquarters of the Arab League during his visit to Egypt. They held consultations on the Middle East problem and Sino-Arab Relations. Vice Premier Qian Qichen put forward a 4 point proposal concerning the development of long term and stable Sino-Arab cooperative relations facing 21st century, which were mutual respect, equal treatment, mutually beneficial cooperation, common development and mutual support in international affairs. Dr. Maguid expressed his endorsement to the proposal.
In the first half of 1998, Secretary-General of Arab League Dr. Maguid wrote many times to Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen and Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan to exchange views on the issues of Middle East peace process and Iraq. In September, an independent resolution was first adopted by the 110th session of Arab League foreign ministerial council on the League's relations with China. The resolution appealed to every member state for the full development of relations with China in all fields and proposed the establishment of a mechanism of political consultation between the Secretariat of Arab League and the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
In January 1999, during his visit to Egypt, Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan met Dr. Maguid at the headquarters of Arab League in Cairo and signed with him the memorandum of understanding concerning the establishment of a mechanism of bilateral political consultation. Tang Jiaxuan also raised a 3 point proposal on developing Sino-Arab relations: strengthening political coordination, expanding economic cooperation and acting in close coordination and mutual support in international affairs.
In May, Li Ruihuan, Chairman of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference visited Egypt and met Secretary General Dr. Maguid at the Arab League headquarters.
On May 12, Secretary-General of the Arab League Dr. Maguid addressed a letter to Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, expressing sympathies on the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by NATO.
On October 20, Secretary-General of the Arab League Dr. Maguid addressed a letter to Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, informing him on the resolution adopted by the September regular session of the Arab League foreign ministerial council on the Palestine issue and Arab-Israeli conflicts.
On December 28, Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan in reply to the letter by Secretary-General Maguid, reiterated the position and viewpoint of the Chinese government on the Middle East issue and stating China's concern about that issue and the importance attached to Sino-Arab exchanges and consultation.
On Nov. 29, 2000, Secretary General Maguid, in a letter to Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, expressed appreciation for China's effort with regard to Arab-Israeli conflicts, particularly the attention paid by President Jiang Zemin and the effort he has made for seeking a peaceful and just settlement of the problem.
On October 2,2001, Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan held a telephone conversation with Secretary-General Amr Moussa on terrorism, the Middle East peace process and other issues.
On November 14, Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan met with Secreatry-General Amr Moussa during the 56th session of the UN General Assembly. They have exchanged views on the relations between China and Arab countries, the middle east problem, the Afgan issue and the Iraqi issue. Foreign Minister Tang invited Secretary-General Moussa to visit China.
On December 26, 2001, Minister Tang Jiaxuan met with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa during his visit to Egypt. The two sides exchanged views on broad issues including China-Arab relations, Middle East situation, Anti-Terrorism, Iraq issue the restoration of peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan , India-Pakistan crisis, and other issues of common interests.
On April 5, 2002, the Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan had a phone concersation with the Secretary-General Amr Moussa.
On April 21,2002, Premier Zhu Rongji met with the Secretary-General Amr Moussa during his visit in Egypt. They had an exchange of ideas on bilateral relations and regional issues. Premier Zhu expressed China's support to the proposal of establishing a China-Arab Cooperation Forum forwarded by the Council of foreign Ministers of the Arab league. He hoped that the exchanges and cooperation between China and Arab countries in the fields of economy and trade, culture , science and technology would be further developed. Secretary-General Amr Moussa highly appreciated the positive efforts by Chinese leaders in promoting the development of China-Arab relations. The Arab side hopes that the Arab-China cooperation in all fields including economic field will be constantly enhanced. On September 14, Foreign Minister Tang jiaxuan met with Secretary-General Amr Moussa during the annual UN session and their talk focused on the Iraq issue.
Representative Office in China
Director: Mohamede el Saket (Egyptian)
He assumed the post on Feb.4, 1996 and left the post on December,2002