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Chinese VP meets foreign guests ahead of World Expo

SHANGHAI, April 30 (Xinhua) -- China's Vice President Xi Jinping met with leaders from the UN General Assembly and Algeria on separate occasions Friday ahead of the Shanghai World Expo.

Ali Abdussalam Treki, president of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly, and Abdelkader Bensalah, president of Algeria's Council of the Nation, are here to attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in the evening.

During the meeting with Treki, Xi said the World Expo is an international grand event to showcase the achievements of development of the human society and the mankind itself.

"We are willing to cooperate with the international community to make the Shanghai Expo a successful, spectacular and memorable gathering" to contribute more to the development of human civilization, technological innovation and common progress of all nations, he said.

Treki expressed his condolences to the victims in the April 14 earthquake in Yushu in northwest China's Qinghai Province.

Treki said the Expo has offered a great opportunity for the international community to gather together.

During the meeting with Bensalah, Xi expressed gratitude for Algeria government's aid to the Yushu quake zone.

Bensalah said he felt honored to attend the Expo on behalf of Algeria's President.

The Shanghai World Expo will last six months. It will be the largest world exhibition ever and is expected to attract 70 million visitors from home and abroad.

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