Abbas discusses U.S. peace efforts with China’s special envoy to Middle East
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas - AP

RAMALLAH, Palestine: President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday met with China’s Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike and discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian arena, including U.S. efforts to push the peace process forward, WAFA news agency reported.

During a meeting at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, Abbas stressed the Palestinian side’s commitment to achieving just and comprehensive peace through negotiations in order to establish an independent state of Palestine within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He said that the Palestinian side has shown all commitment to the success of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to save the peace process, stressing the importance of the upcoming meeting with U.S. President Barrack Obama scheduled on the 17th of this month at the White House.

On his part, China’s Special Envoy said that the Chinese leadership is greatly interested in the peace process and negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, stressing that the Chinese leadership seeks to remove all obstacles standing in the way of peace in order to achieve a just solution for the Palestinian issue.

He added that negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides have reached an important stage, stressing that the Chinese side firmly supports the just Palestinian cause to establish an independent state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, which he said represent the aspirations of the Palestinian people in accordance with relevant United Nations resolutions.

The envoy affirmed the Chinese side’s keenness to promote relations with the state of Palestine and its people, adding that cooperation in all fields are under way between the two countries.

He said that China is greatly interested in conducting cooperation and coordination with the Palestinian side in all regional and international affairs.

He said that the Palestinian and Chinese sides have reached a broad consensus on fighting terrorism in all its forms, adding that they have exchanged views over finding a political solution to the current crisis in Syria.

We call for an immediate halt of all acts of violence to ensure the success of the meetings in Geneva to seek a just and comprehensive solution to the crisis in Syria,” he said.

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