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China sup­ports Arab coun­tries find­ing their own way within the frame­work of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil to elim­i­nate the ex­ist­ing dif­fer­ences among the Gulf states, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said on Wed­nes­day.

Wang spoke as he un­veiled China’s three-point po­si­tion re­gard­ing the lin­ger­ing Gulf cri­sis dur­ing his meet­ing with Sul­tan Ahmed Al-Jaber, the vis­it­ing min­is­ter of state of the United Arab Emi­rates.

Ob­servers have warned of the spread­ing impact of the cri­sis and rifts within the six GCC mem­bers as the month­long diplo­matic stand­off con­tin­ues be­tween Qatar and coun­tries in­clud­ing Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.

As good friends and part­ners of the Gulf coun­tries, China hopes and be­lieves that the cri­sis will be prop­erly ad­dressed, Wang said.

One of the three points is that China sup­ports an early start of di­a­logue by all par­ties in­volved to de­mon­strate flex­i­bil­ity and reach con­sen­sus over the ini­tial, gen­eral goal of op­pos­ing ter­ror­ism in any form, Wang said. Then the coun­tries could work on other easy prob­lems be­fore mov­ing on to the tougher ones, Wang added.

China thinks that all par­ties in­volved, in­clud­ing the UAE, are ca­pa­ble of suc­cess­fully man­ag­ing and con­trol­ling the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and have the wis­dom to re­solve di­ver­gences and con­tra­dic­tions.

Bei­jing is will­ing to play a con­struc­tive role when needed by the par­ties to ease the Gulf sit­u­a­tion and pro­mote area peace and sta­bil­ity, Wang said.

Touch­ing on an­other point, Wang said China calls on coun­tries in­volved to stick to po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic set­tle­ments, act in ac­cor­dance with the norms of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and ful­fill their re­spec­tive in­ter­na­tional du­ties. An­other point is that re­gional out­siders should play a con­struc­tive role in achiev­ing a reconciliation, Wang added.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Al-Jaber said China is an in­flu­en­tial ma­jor coun­try with a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, and the UAE en­dorses the ob­jec­tive and fair po­si­tion of China re­gard­ing Gulf af­fairs.

The UAE agrees with the three-point po­si­tion stated by Wang and is ready to con­tinue com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion with China, he said. Al-Jaber said his coun­try sticks to po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic set­tle­ments for re­solv­ing dif­fer­ences and has no in­ten­tion of in­ter­fer­ing in the do­mes­tic af­fairs of other coun­tries, in­clud­ing Qatar.

The UAE does not ex­pect fur­ther es­ca­la­tion of ten­sion, and hopes all par­ties in­volved will achieve con­sen­sus in ma­jor is­sues in­clud­ing the fight against ter­ror­ism, he said.

The GCC con­sists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates.

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