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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 3, 2015

At the invitation of Meng Jianzhu, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Secretary of the Commission of Political and Legal Affairs under the CPC Central Committee, State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Alexander Mezhuyev will visit China from April 7 to 10.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay an official visit to Russia from April 6 to 8.

Q: On April 2, the P5+1 and Iran reached a framework agreement and issued a joint statement on the Iranian nuclear issue. What is China's comment on this?

A: On April 2, after the P5+1 and Iran issued a joint statement about the outcomes achieved at the Foreign Ministers' Meeting, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the press that China welcomes the important consensus forged in the negotiation, which is good news for today's world. The P5+1 and Iran have all made relentless efforts, and laid a solid foundation for a comprehensive agreement in the next stage.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the Iranian nuclear issue bears on the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and peace and stability in the Middle East. It is in the common interests of the world to properly settle this issue through dialogue and negotiation, an act that is also compliant with the purpose of the UN Charter to peacefully resolve disputes.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that more negotiation is required to reach a comprehensive agreement. China calls on all parties to treasure the outcomes achieved so far, stockpile more favorable conditions, remove all obstacles that may come along, and firmly press ahead with and conclude this historic process.

Q:Concerning China's efforts to help evacuate foreign nationals from Yemen, is this the first time that the Chinese government has helped evacuate so many foreign nationals from a dangerous area? Does it mean that China is going to play a more constructive role in global crisis?

A: On April 2, the Linyi frigate of the Chinese navy, carrying 225 nationals of 10 countries in Yemen including Pakistan, departed from the port of Aden in Yemen and arrived in Djibouti safely. Initial calculation shows that among the evacuees, 176 are from Pakistan, 29 from Ethiopia, 5 from Singapore, 3 from Italy, 3 from Germany, 4 from Poland, 1 from Ireland, 2 from the UK, 1 from Canada and 1 from Yemen. This operation follows China's evacuation of its own nationals from Yemen, in which 8 foreigners from Romania, India and Egypt were also safely evacuated along with Chinese citizens.

The evacuation is a humanitarian relief campaign conducted by the Chinese government at the request of relevant countries. It is also a special action by the Chinese government to evacuate foreign nationals stuck in dangerous zones for the first time, a move embodying the notions of "putting the people first", internationalism and humanitarianism held by the Chinese government. In this evacuation operation, the Foreign Ministry of China coordinated with relevant countries, the Chinese Navy immediately dispatched a military vessel to the port of Aden for the evacuation, and the Chinese embassies in Yemen and Djibouti and the consulate general in Aden surmounted numerous difficulties to complete relevant formalities and organize the safe evacuation of foreign nationals. The mission has notched up a full success.

Q: On April 2, the Garissa University College in Kenya was attacked by gunmen, leaving 147 people dead so far. What is China's comment on this?

A: China firmly opposes all forms of terrorism, and strongly condemns the terrorist attack against young students in Garissa, Kenya. We extend deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathies to all the bereaved families and the injured. China will continue to stand firmly by the Kenyan side in its endeavor to safeguard national security and regional stability.

Q: You just mentioned that China will stand by Kenya in its endeavor to safeguard national security. What in specific will China do?

A: China is against all forms of terrorism, and is ready to cooperate more closely with the world to combat all forms of terrorism. We support all countries in drawing up and implementing anti-terrorism strategies in line with their own national conditions. China and Kenya enjoy sound relations, and we are willing to work with Kenya to enhance communication and cooperation in areas including peace and security.

Q: Nigeria held a smooth presidential election the other day, and Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the new president. Do you have any comment on this?

A: China congratulates Mr. Buhari on winning the presidential election in Nigeria. China attaches great importance to China-Nigeria relations. This year marks the decennial of the establishment of China-Nigeria strategic partnership. China stands ready to work in concert with Nigeria to enhance bilateral traditional friendship, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields and push for the comprehensive and in-depth development of China-Nigeria strategic partnership.

Q: The Sri Lankan side said that it was unlikely to allow a visit by the Dalai Lama. Has China talked to or asked the Sri Lankan government to disallow Dalai's visit?

A: China has stated its position on issues concerning the Dalai Lama on multiple occasions. The Chinese government is firmly opposed to Dalai's engagement in separatist activities in any country under any name and excuse. This remains clear and consistent.

Sri Lanka is a traditionally friendly neighbor of China, and bilateral relations have been growing smoothly. The Sri Lankan side fully understands and respects China's concerns on relevant issues, and we appreciate that. We will make joint efforts with Sri Lanka to cement the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation.

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