President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday met at his residence with the Speaker of the Chinese Parliament Zhang Dejiang to discuss trade and diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Rivlin pointed out Dejiang was the most senior Chinese figure to pay an official visit to Israel for 16 years, saying it was “a sign of the growing friendship between our two peoples,” and added, “I want to start my remarks by thanking your President for his kind wishes on my recent birthday.”

The president added “What we have both achieved over the last 100 years goes to show that any goal can be achieved,” specifically singing out “the ability and know-how in innovation and hi-tech of both our peoples is spoken about across the world.”

Dejiang said the countries’“bilateral ties have enjoyed growth since the establishment of diplomatic relations, and over the past few years we have seen our friendship and cooperation deepen in all sectors.”

“We hope that our mutual trust can be strengthened to enable further growth in our bilateral cooperation and trade. I have every confidence in the friendship between our two nations and the cooperation between our two legislatures,” Dejiang added.

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