VP: China com­mit­ted to fa­cil­i­tat­ing fair set­tle­ment of Pales­tinian is­sue

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RA­MAL­LAH — Vis­it­ing Vice-Pres­i­dent Wang Qis­han called on Tues­day for con­certed global ef­forts to push for a just res­o­lu­tion to the Pales­tinian is­sue on the ba­sis of a twostate so­lu­tion.

Wang is on a visit to Is­rael, Pales­tine, Egypt and the United Arab Emi­rates from Oct 22 to 30.

In a meet­ing with Pales­tinian Prime Min­is­ter Rami Ham­dal­lah, Wang re­called that China was among the first coun­tries to rec­og­nize the Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the State of Pales­tine, and has al­ways stood side by side with the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

Since the ini­ti­a­tion of the Mid­dle East peace process, China has sup­ported the Pales­tini­ans and the Is­raelis in solv­ing their dis­pute through peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions, Wang said.

He added that China ad­vo­cates con­tin­u­ing to strive for a just set­tle­ment of the Pales­tinian is­sue via peace­ful talks on the ba­sis of stick­ing to the two-state ap­proach.

Wang re­called that in July last year, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping raised a four-point pro­posal on the Pales­tinian is­sue. And three months ago, Xi once again urged rel­e­vant par­ties to ad­here to the in­ter­na­tional con­sen­sus and deal with the Pales­tinian is­sue in a just man­ner.

China stands ready to work with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to step up ef­forts to pro­mote peace, in­no­vate such mech­a­nisms and make un­remit­ting ef­forts in seek­ing a com­pre­hen­sive, just and per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the Pales­tinian is­sue as soon as pos­si­ble, he added.

Re­gard­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, Wang said China ap­pre­ci­ates and wel­comes Pales­tine’s ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in Belt and Road con­struc­tion, en­cour­ages com­pe­tent Chi­nese busi­nesses to in­vest in Pales­tine and will con­tinue to sup­port Pales­tine’s na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

Not­ing that this year marks the 30th an­niver­sary of the two coun­tries es­tab­lish­ing diplo­matic re­la­tions, he said that China is ready to join hands with Pales­tine to fur­ther ad­vance bi­lat­eral ties un­der the guid­ance of the con­sen­sus reached by their heads of state.

For his part, Ham­dal­lah said Pales­tine highly ap­pre­ci­ates China’s stead­fast sup­port for the just cause of the Pales­tinian peo­ple as well as its ob­jec­tive and just stance on the Pales­tinian is­sue.

Pales­tine, he added, wel­comes the four-point pro­posal put for­ward by Xi on the Pales­tinian is­sue and ex­pects China to play a big­ger role in pro­mot­ing the Mid­dle East peace process.

The Pales­tinian side is grate­ful for China’s long-run­ning self­less sup­port, and will­ing to make good use of its own ad­van­tages in the process of Belt and Road con­struc­tion, and seek more prac­ti­cal re­sults of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, he said.

The Pales­tinian prime min­is­ter sug­gested that the two sides deepen co­op­er­a­tion in fields such as trade, in­fra­struc­ture build­ing, clean en­ergy and per­son­nel train­ing.

Be­fore their meet­ing, Ham­dal­lah held a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony for Wang, af­ter which the two lead­ers wit­nessed the sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on start­ing China-Pales­tine free trade talks and other doc­u­ments.

Dur­ing his stay in Ra­mal­lah, Wang also laid a wreath at the tomb of late Pales­tinian leader Yasser Arafat.

FADI AROURI / REUTERS

Vice-Pres­i­dent Wang Qis­han and Tayeb Ab­dul Rahim, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Pales­tinian pres­i­dent’s of­fice, visit the tomb of for­mer Pales­tinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ra­mal­lah, Pales­tine, on Tues­day to lay a wreath.

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