RIYADH, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef Al-Othaimeen on Sunday thanked China for providing assistance and support to Islamic countries, especially the least developed countries, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The secretariat of the OIC has maintained good communication and close coordination with China in recent years, Al-Othaimeen said when Chen Weiqing, China's first representative to the OIC, delivered the letter of appointment to him.
Al-Othaimeen spoke highly of China's appointment of a representative to the OIC, stressing that it will promote development of their relations.
In recent years, the political mutual trust and cultural exchanges between Islamic states and China have been deepened. After the outbreak of the pandemic, Islamic states and China have joined hands to fight the pandemic and carried out good cooperation in vaccine research and development, said Chen, who is also Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Chen added that China is willing to take this appointment as an opportunity to further deepen exchanges and cooperation with the OIC and its member states, so as to bring their ties to a new level.