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President Xi Jinping left Beijing Tuesday morning to visit Middle East. He will elaborate on China's policies to boost peace anddevelopment in the Middle East during his first overseas trip of the year, which starts on Tuesday.
This was disclosed at a media briefing in Beijing on Monday by Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Ming, who also said Xi will outline China'smeasures for pragmatic cooperation.
Observers have voiced high hopes for the president's schedule, which is aimed at reinvigorating the conflict-plagued region, including hisspeech on Middle East policy and possible outcomes regarding China's Belt and Road Initiative.
During his state visits to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, Xi will also visit the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo and deliver a speechthere, Zhang said.
The trip, which covers the three major players in the region, was announced last week.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Egypt and of China-Arab ties.
A joint statement on setting up a China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership will be issued during Xi's visit to the kingdom,Zhang said.
Zhang also said major international and regional issues will be discussed during the visits to the three countries.
Wu Sike, a former Chinese special envoy for Middle East affairs, said doubts had been raised over Xi's visit to the region, and his trip willshow that China's policies toward the area "have been tested by time and the evolving situation".
Wu said Xi's initiatives on co-building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road — proposed in 2013 — havereceived proactive responses from the region, including from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran.
Nourhan al-Sheikh, a professor of political sciences at Cairo University, told Xinhua News Agency, "Arab-Chinese ties are stable and farfrom any tensions, disagreements or contradictions in political positions."
In a signed article published on Monday in the Saudi newspaper Al Riyadh, Xi said that it is hoped that Saudi Arabia will become "animportant participant, builder and beneficiary of the Belt and Road".
Li Shaoxian, a senior expert in Middle East studies at Ningxia University in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, said that Iran hasbeen one of the "most honest supporters" of the Belt and Road Initiative, and the country is witnessing sanctions being lifted by theinternational community.
"As it undertakes rebuilding, it expects international participation in its domestic economic development," Li said.