He expressed the hope that the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between the GCC and China will go forward "at a time here we are seeing the new silk road moving from being a dream to a reality."

"We currently very much appreciate that the trade between our two countries has crossed the 50 billion US dollars mark that without the oil sector being counted in but we very much see that our relationship can even go forward especially looking at the UAE as not only the 2nd largest market in the Middle East but the centre of logistics finance, and trade for the region."

He said that since the UAE has lifted the visa requirement for the Chinese citizens; the number of Chinese tourists have increased by 70 percent.

"As we speak, china is the Guest of Honour in the Abu Dhabi book fair which is not only a great presence for the UAE but through the translation of 700 Chinese books in the last year being presented for the very first time into Arabic is a great cultural achievement. We look forward that we can see more schools in the emirates where Chinese can be taught as a language for our students and I must say that we look forward for a successful, a great China pavilion in Dubai EXPO 2020 so thank you for your commitment today."

He concluded by saying: "This has been a fantastic visit, very successful meetings, I wish you all the very best i thank you on my behalf, on behalf of our government, and I wish your country always the best of luck and success."

Source: Emirates News Agency