H.E Former Egyptian Prime Minister Mr. Essam Sharaf,
Distinguished Leaders and guests
Ladies, gentlemen, friends
Even the tree is thousands feet tall, the roots are still tied to the hometown. In this beautiful and vibrant spring, I am very happy to meet with you in my hometown and participate in the launching ceremony of the China-Africa Friendship Town Project and the preparatory meeting for the China-Arab Economic and Trade Investment Cooperation Forum. First of all, on behalf of the China Arab Exchange Association and in my own name, I would like to extend my highest respect and warmest welcome to the Chinese government guests and H.E. Former Egyptian Prime Minister Mr. Essam Sharaf, who came from afar, as well as my warm welcome and cordial greetings to the guests and friends from home and abroad!
Last month, on March 20th, we organized the Reception Meeting on 13th Anniversary of Kareem Qin’s (Qin Yong’s) Commitment to China-Arab Friendship Work and the 6th Anniversary of Kareem Qin’s (Qin Yong’s) Dedication to Middle East Peace Work at Yizhengyuan, Zaozhuang, which is my hometown. This is the first time that I have been engaged in commemorative activities in my hometown since I was engaged in China-Arab friendly work 13 years ago. The ambassadors, agents and deputy ambassadors of Arab states such as Bahrain, Syria, Libya, Morocco and Egypt were invited to attend.
Today, We are gathering again at Zaozhuang. I am honored to invite H.E. Former Egyptian Prime Minister Mr. Essam Sharaf, to visit my hometown. As the VIP of the Chinese government and member of the Advisory Committee of the Belt and Road International Cooperation Summit Forum, H.E. Former Egyptian Prime Minister is here at the invitation of the Chinese Government to attend the 2nd Belt and Road International Cooperation Summit. After the meeting, which ended yesterday afternoon, H.E took the high-speed train to Zaozhuang regardless of tiredness. It is really moving, and it really excites the people of my hometown.
This should be the first time that we have welcomed a former foreign politician since the establishment of Zaozhuang city. I look forward to actively promoting the friendly exchanges between the hometown and the Arab states including Egypt and carrying out economic and trade investment cooperation with the support of H.E Former Prime Minister.
Twenty-one years ago, when I was still young, I left my hometown and went to Beijing alone, for each day of that time, i was separated from my hometown. Now, I am willing to give up everything and return to my hometown, hoping to make some contribution within my capacity for her. In fact, All this is for the homesickness that can't be eased over my heart.
Till this year, I have been engaged in the 13th anniversary of China-Arab friendly work and the 6th anniversary of Middle East peace work. In the past 13 years, I have been unswervingly committed to promoting friendly cooperation between China and Arab states. Since God gave me this platform, identity and ability, perhaps now, it is the right time to return to the hometown and make contribution for her. Regardless of whether my hometown understands my heart, I am willing to spread my own blood on this familiar, strange, intimate and alienated land of her.
At the beginning of this year, after repeated research and argumentation, I actively advocated the establishment of China-Arab Friendship Town in here, hoping to build a new cooperation platform for friendly exchanges and economic and trade investment between China and the Arab states in here.
It is hoped that with the great support of the Hometown Municipal Committee, the Municipal Government, the Xuecheng District Committee and the District Government, the construction and operation of the China-Africa Friendship Town will attract and gather a group of domestic and Arab enterprises on international advanced level to help Zaozhuang. Under the guidance of the new and old driving forces conversion strategy of Shandong Province, the city will promote the industrial transformation and upgrading of Zaozhuang City, accelerate the cultivation of new driving force, and enhance the economic influence of Zaozhuang City in the province and even the whole country.
In order to be in line with the construction, operation and development of the China-Africa Friendship Town project, I also hope to build an international conference platform in Zaozhuang, my hometown, to regularly organize the China-Africa Economic and Trade Investment Cooperation Forum, and strive to build a meeting mechanism for pragmatic cooperation. We hope that the forum will attract and expand to the surrounding cities, such as Linyi, Jining, Heze, Tai'an and other related cities within Shandong Province, as well as Jiangsu, Anhui and other related cities to jointly carry out economic and trade investment cooperation with Arab states extensively and deeply, and build my hometown Zaozhuang to be the main core conference platform for China-Arab economic and trade investment cooperation.
To this end, we hope that with the support of the Zaozhuang Municipal Party Committee, the municipal government and relevant functional departments, with the active help of the leaders of the hometown and the people in here, I and my team will spare no effort to promote the construction and development of the forum, hoping that we can further enhance the outward orientation of our hometown and actively expand foreign exchanges and cooperation in our hometown.
2019, this year, is the 13th anniversary of my China-Arab friendly work and the 6th anniversary of middle east peace work. On August 8 and 23 this year, we will organize two large-scale Reception Meetings on 13th Anniversary of Kareem Qin’s (Qin Yong’s) Commitment to China-Arab Friendship Work and the 6th Anniversary of Kareem Qin’s (Qin Yong’s) Dedication to Middle East Peace Work in Beijing and Shanghai respectively, to celebrate and commemorate the 13 years of history that has passed.
Here, I would like to thank the mobile phone terminal of Zaozhuang Radio and TV Station for “Fingertip Zaozhuang APP”. Thanks to my high schoolmate Mr. Li Guoliang, under his active promotion, “Fingertip Zaozhuang APP”specially opened news column for me, namely as Kareem Qin (Qin Yong): The Forerunner of China-Arab Non-governmental diplomacy. This will be a window for the people in my hometown to understand me, to understand the Arab states, and to understand the development of China-Arab relations. I personally hope that I can help the people in my hometown to open this window and let the people in my homeland fully understand a real Arab world, a fast-developing traditional friendship and cooperation between China and Arab states.
On March 20th, during the Reception Meeting on 13th Anniversary of Kareem Qin’s (Qin Yong’s) Commitment to China-Arab Friendship Work and the 6th Anniversary of Kareem Qin’s (Qin Yong’s) Dedication to Middle East Peace Work at Yizhengyuan, Zaozhuang, I once said: the towering wood must have its roots; The water in the mountains must have its source. The wanderer who is thousands miles away from hometown must have his dream, with heavy hometown complex attached to. Zaozhuang is the place where I was born and raised. The mountains and waters here mean deep attachment to me. After living in Beijing for more than 20 years, I have never been able to forget my hometown and always put Zaozhuang in my heart.
I have been engaged in China-Arab friendship work for 13 years, traveled thousands of miles of waters and mountains and visited around the world, the most beautiful place is still hometown, the most reluctant to me is Zaozhuang. Hometown loving shall go before patriotism, hometown rejuvenation shall go before state rejuvenation. The beauty of the world is not as good as the way home. The most meaningful thing in the world is to return to your hometown.
Here, I still hope to quote the poetry of the Indian poet Tagore to express my hometown feelings: "No matter how far you go, your heart is always with me; no matter how long the tree casts its shadow at dusk, it is always tied with the roots. "Yes, no matter how far you go or where you are, Zaozhuang is always my hometown. It is always the place where I was born and raised.
Finally, I once again wanna thank the Former Prime Minister of Egypt for coming to my hometown to be a guest and attended today's meeting! Thanks again to the leaders and friends of my hometown for their support of our work! I sincerely hope that the great Egyptian people and the Chinese people will stand forever like the Pyramids and the Great Wall! Sincerely wish my hometown Zaozhuang a better tomorrow!