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Chinese Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike Visits Palestine

(From Office of China to Palestine)

2014/06/23

On June 19, 2014, Chinese Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike met in Ramallah respectively with Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah of Palestine, Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat, and Ahmed Saadat, member of the central committee of Fateh and responsible person of reconciliation affairs. Qian Wei, Charge d'Affaires ad interim of Office of China to Palestine, was present at the meeting.

Wu Sike extended congratulations to Palestine on its achievements of internal reconciliation and establishment of new government in recent years, hoping that all parties in Palestine continue advancing the following-up works in a steady manner. Wu Sike said that the peace talks are a path of irresistible tide of history that was chosen by the people. As neighbors adjacent to each other, Palestine and Israel should stick to the strategic choice of peace talks no matter how the situation develops and how much difficulties the two sides are confronted with. The peace talks between the two sides are like a boat sailing against the current. It must forge ahead or it will be driven back. Both the Palestinian and Israeli sides should hold a sense of urgency, and the international community should intensify its efforts in promoting the peace talks, so as to join hands to light the prospect of the peace. China always regards the promotion of the realization of the Palestine-Israel peace as its duty and hopes the two sides could meet each other halfway, make efforts in establishing and accumulating mutual trust, and strive for an early resumption of peace talks. The Chinese side will keep promoting peace talks via various channels and make its unremitting efforts for a just and reasonable settlement of the Palestinian issue at an early date.

The Palestinian side spoke highly of the efforts made by China in maintaining the peace and stability in Middle East and in promoting the Palestine-Israel peace and briefed on the latest progress in the internal reconciliation in the country and the situation in Palestine and Israel in recent days. The Palestinian side stressed that Palestine adheres to the strategic choice of peace, stands ready to restart the peace talks with the Israeli side and expects China to play a bigger role in pushing forward the peace in Middle East.

Both sides also exchanged views on China-Palestine bilateral cooperation.

Before he concluded his visit, Wu Sike also accepted a group interview by Chinese and foreign media, briefing on the relevant situation about his visit to Palestine.

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