Wang Yi meets with Qatar FM: Talk about Gulf Cri­sis again

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi met with For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man bin Jas­sim Al-Thani of Qatar, who was in China for a work­ing visit, and lis­tened to the views of Qatar on the cur­rent Gulf cri­sis and fur­ther ex­pounded China’s propo­si­tions. Wang Yi ex­pressed that the cur­rent tense sit­u­a­tion in Gulf re­gion causes wide­spread con­cerns in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. A sta­ble and har­mo­nious Gulf re­gion con­forms to the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of coun­tries in this re­gion, and is also the com­mon ex­pec­ta­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. As a ma­ture re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) has suc­cess­fully solved many con­tra­dic­tions and dif­fer­ences.

It is be­lieved that the Gulf coun­tries have the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to well man­age the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and ad­dress their dif­fer­ences and con­tra­dic­tions within the GCC frame­work. At present, all sides should ex­er­cise re­straint, avoid fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and es­ca­la­tion of the sit­u­a­tion, and con­duct face-to-face talks as soon as pos­si­ble, so as to send out a pos­i­tive sig­nal of stick­ing to po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic set­tle­ment, and re­cover con­fi­dence of the out­side world in the GCC.

Wang Yi said that op­pos­ing all forms of ter­ror­ism is a broad con­sen­sus of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. All Gulf par­ties can, on the ba­sis of jointly fight­ing against ter­ror­ism and in the prin­ci­ple of mu­tual re­spect and non­in­ter­fer­ence in each other’s in­ter­nal af­fairs, earnestly ful­fill re­spec­tive in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions, and find a way to re­solve the cri­sis through can­did talks in a step-by-step man­ner, in a bid to reach new con­sen­sus of sol­i­dar­ity and har­mony among the GCC mem­ber states. Wang Yi stated that China ap­pre­ci­ates and sup­ports Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion ef­forts, and calls on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to help cre­ate nec­es­sary con­di­tions and build a sound en­vi­ron­ment to re­solve this cri­sis at the re­gional level. As a sin­cere friend of Arab coun­tries, China stands ready to play a con­struc­tive role in pro­mot­ing peace talks when needed by all par­ties.

Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man bin Jas­sim Al-Thani said that Qatar highly ap­pre­ci­ates and fully en­dorses China’s stance and propo­si­tions. Qatar hopes to re­solve crises through ne­go­ti­a­tion and di­a­logue, and stands ready to launch con­struc­tive talks with the par­ties con­cerned on the premise of re­spect­ing sovereignty, non­in­ter­fer­ence in in­ter­nal af­fairs and com­ply­ing with in­ter­na­tional law, and grad­u­ally es­tab­lish mu­tual trust, so as to ad­dress dif­fer­ences fun­da­men­tally. Qatar op­poses all forms of ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism, and has taken nec­es­sary mea­sures to this end.

Qatar will con­tinue ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ter­na­tional counter-ter­ror­ism cam­paign. China is a great power with con­sid­er­able in­flu­ence. Ap­pre­ci­at­ing China’s ob­jec­tive and fair stance on the Gulf cri­sis, Qatar is ready to main­tain com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion with China, and hopes China to con­tin­u­ously play a pos­i­tive role. Both sides also ex­changed views on bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, and agreed to en­hance prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields un­der the frame­work of the joint con­struc­tion of the “Belt and Road” and adopt more mea­sures on fa­cil­i­tat­ing per­son­nel ex­changes.

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