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China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike Meets with Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby of the Arab League

(From Chinese Embassy in Egypt)

2014/07/22

On July 21, 2014, China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike met with Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby of the Arab League in Cairo. Both sides exchanged views on China-Arab relations, the Palestinian issue, and regional hotspot issues. H.E. Song Aiguo, Chinese Ambassador to Egypt was present at the meeting.

Wu Sike expressed that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the important role played by the Arab League in promoting unity and development of the Arab states, and stands ready to join efforts with the Arab side to further deepen China-Arab strategic cooperative relations featuring comprehensive cooperation and common development. China is deeply grieved and concerned about the recent escalation of the Palestine-Israel conflicts and the heavy causalities caused by it, condemns all the military actions claiming the lives of the civilians, and believes that the priority now is that the two sides in the conflicts should cease fire and violence immediately and resolve the issue through negotiations. China appreciates the efforts made by the Arab League to achieve ceasefire and is willing to enhance communication and coordination with the Arab League and to urge both Palestine and Israel to cease fire at an early date.

Nabil Elaraby extended gratitude to China for tremendous efforts it has made to ensure the success of the sixth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, and expressed that the Arab League is ready to work with China to actively implement the outcome of the meeting and promote relations between the Arab League and China for new development. Elaraby said that the Arab League highly appreciates and thanks China's long-term and firm support to the just cause of the Arab people, and is willing to join efforts with China and the international community to promote the Palestinian issue for a just and reasonable settlement and eliminate the soil of Israel-Palestine conflicts fundamentally.

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