On February 6, 2013, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with visiting Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views mainly on the situation in Syria.
Yang said the situation in Syria is at a critical juncture and pushing a political solution at an early date is an urgent task. He urged Syrian parties to decide on realistic and operable steps, start political dialogue and carry out a political transition process in accordance with the Geneva Communique issued by the Action Group for Syria. Yang called on Syrian parties to respect the reasonable wishes and appeals of the Syrian people, deal with the political transition with a flexible and pragmatic attitude and find a solution that can fully reflect the population's wishes and can be widely accepted by all parties. Yang also urged groups in Syria to support the mediation efforts of UN-AU joint envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. "China holds an objective and justified position on Syrian issues and is positive about and open to any solution widely accepted by Syrian parties," Yang said.
Miqdad briefed Yang on Syria's current situation and Syria's proposal to end the conflict in phases. According to Miqdad, the Syrian government would like to observe the spirit of the Geneva Communique, carry out its proposals and work with Brahimi and ensure the transportation of humanitarian aid throughout Syria.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun held talks with Miqdad on February 5.