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China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike Visits Israel

(From Chinese Embassy in Israel)

2014/06/19

On June 18, 2014, China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike, who was visiting Israel, met respectively with Israeli Justice Minister and Chief Negotiator for the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Tzipi Livni and Director-General of the Foreign Ministry Nissan Ben-Shaitreet of Israel. Both parties exchanged views on Israeli–Palestinian peace talks, China-Israel relations and other issues. H.E. Mme Gao Yanping, Chinese Ambassador to Israel, also attended the meeting.

China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike (right) meets with Israeli Justice Minister and Chief Negotiator for the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Tzipi Livni

Wu Sike said, peace talks between Israel and Palestine currently have come to a deadlock. He expressed his hope that both sides would meet each other half way, remove obstacles, and establish and accumulate mutual trust so as to resume peace talks at an early date. China is paying high attention to the recent disappearance of three Jewish youngsters, and condemns any violent acts against civilians. Hope that Israel and Palestine could strengthen communication and collaboration to find the missing persons as early as possible. China attaches importance to developing relations with Israel and is willing to work with the Israeli side to promote the bilateral relations for greater development.

China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike (second on the right) meets with Director-General of the Foreign Ministry Nissan Ben-Shaitreet of Israel (second on the left)

Both Livni and Shaitreet expressed their great appreciation for Wu Sike's efforts in advancing the peace process in the Middle East since serving as China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue, and briefed him on the situation of Israel and Palestine, especially the latest development on the disappearance of the three Jewish youngsters. They stated their hopes that China can continue to play a constructive role in promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and promoting regional peace and stability. Shaitreet said that Israel attaches great importance to the friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between Israel and China, and that Israel is willing to push Israel-China relations for new progress.

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