Xi backs Pales­tinian ef­forts

Pres­i­dent voices sup­port for a sov­er­eign state based on bor­ders dat­ing to 1967

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will con­tinue sup­port­ing the Pales­tinian peo­ple’s pur­suit of restoring their le­git­i­mate na­tional rights, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Tues­day as he re­ceived the high­est Pales­tinian medal from vis­it­ing Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas.

China firmly sup­ports the es­tab­lish­ment of the State of Pales­tine, en­joy­ing full sovereignty on the ba­sis of 1967 bor­ders and with East Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal, Xi said while hold­ing talks with Ab­bas at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing.

Ab­bas is mak­ing a state visit to China through Thurs­day. It is his fourth state visit to China. Wit­nessed by the two pres­i­dents, China and Pales­tine signed four doc­u­ments to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in diplo­macy, econ­omy, tech­nol­ogy, hu­man re­sources, cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion.

It’s im­por­tant for all par­ties con­cerned to abide by the rel­e­vant UN res­o­lu­tions, the prin­ci­ple of “land for peace” and the Ara­bic Peace Ini­tia­tive, so as to achieve the com­pre­hen­sive, just and durable set­tle­ment of the Pales­tinian is­sue through di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tion, Xi said. China will con­tinue to play its pos­i­tive role to help re­solve the Pales­tinian is­sue, he said.

The pres­i­dent called for earnest im­ple­men­ta­tion of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2334 call­ing for an im­me­di­ate stop of all set­tle­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries. China hopes that im­me­di­ate mea­sures will be taken to pre­vent vi­o­lence against civil­ians, he said.

Xi said it is im­per­a­tive to restart ne­go­ti­a­tions as soon as pos­si­ble, speed up the po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the Pales­tinian is­sue and achieve joint and durable se­cu­rity fun­da­men­tally. He also called for fur­ther in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to strengthen the syn­ergy for peace.

China will hold a Pales­tini- an-Is­raeli peace sym­po­sium this year to con­trib­ute ideas and so­lu­tions to the Pales­tinian is­sue, Xi said.

While pro­mot­ing peace talks, it’s also im­por­tant to em­pha­size the is­sue of de­vel­op­ment, Xi said.

The friend­ship be­tween China and Pales­tine has a long his­tory, Xi said, adding that China is one of the first coun­tries to rec­og­nize the Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the State of Pales­tine.

“There is a Chi­nese say­ing: An­cient friend­ship is like true gold, the color of which will never

fade de­spite be­ing smelted hun­dreds of times,” Xi told Ab­bas.

In the past half-cen­tury, the Chi­nese and Pales­tinian peo­ple have un­der­stood, trusted and sup­ported each other, and they are truly good friends, part­ners and both­ers, Xi said.

Call­ing Ab­bas “an old friend and good friend of the Chi­nese peo­ple”, Xi spoke highly of his ef­forts to­ward Chi­nese-Pales­tinian co­op­er­a­tion.

Men­tion­ing that he had sin­cere and friendly talks with Ab­bas dur­ing the Pales­tinian pres­i­dent’s last visit to China in May 2013, Xi said the two sides reached im­por­tant con­sen­sus at that time.

The high-level ex­changes be­tween China and Pales­tine have been strength­ened in the past four years, Xi said, adding that both sides have en­hanced po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust and steadily de­vel­oped co­op­er­a­tion in all ar­eas.

Af­ter their talks, Ab­bas awarded Xi the top medal of Pales­tine to ex­press grat­i­tude for China’s sup­port of Pales­tine’s pur­suit of jus­tice and to em­pha­size how highly the Chi­nese pres­i­dent is trusted and revered. Xi hosted a grand wel­com­ing cer­e­mony for Ab­bas be­fore their talks.

Pales­tine con­grat­u­lated China’s great pro­gresses in eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, Ab­bas said, while call­ing for en­hanced ex­changes with China in all ar­eas.

The Pales­tinian pres­i­dent ex­pressed will­ing­ness to par­tic­i­pate in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive’s con­struc­tion and to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with China in ar­eas such as the econ­omy, science, in­fra­struc­ture, in­dus­trial parks and tourism.

Pales­tinian lead­ers speak highly of China’s con­struc­tive pro­pos­als to press for a po­lit­i­cal res­o­lu­tion of the Pales­tinian is­sue, he said, adding that China is ex­pected to play a big­ger role in the Mid­dle East peace process.

WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping wel­comes Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas on Tues­day at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing. Xi re­ceived the high­est Pales­tinian medal from Ab­bas.

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