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Establishment of independent State of Palestine should not be delayed: China FM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Photo by Xinhua)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reiterated Beijing's stance on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, calling for the establishment of an independent State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as it capital.

“Establishing an independent State of Palestine should not be postponed indefinitely, and the legal rights of the Arab people should not be neglected in long periods,” Wang told his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit in the northern Egyptian town of el-Alamein on Sunday.

The Palestinian Authority should be given power as the governing body in fields, including national security and finance, the Chinese diplomat pointed out.

Wang also said unity should be strengthened among all groups, and that he hopes the groups can reach a consensus on how to settle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. 

He also encouraged Palestinian and Israeli officials to restart talks based on the so-called two-state solution.

Wang also welcomed the two sides to negotiate in China, calling for a “comprehensive, long-lasting, just” solution to the regional conflict.

Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed Palestinians’ right to statehood, saying the so-called two-state solution is the right way out of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a phone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on July 20, 2020, Xi expressed Beijing’s support for the Palestinian people, describing Palestine as the core issue in the Middle East region.

He said the Palestinian issue affects regional peace and stability as well as international justice, adding that China’s position on the case is consistent and clear.

China supports the “two-state solution” as the right direction and sticks to dialog and negotiations on an equal footing, Xi said, calling on the international community to take an objective and fair position and increase efforts for promoting peace.

Abbas, for his turn, hailed China's efforts to uphold justice on the Palestinian issue and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the Palestinian people.

He said it has been proven time and again that China is a reliable friend of the Palestinian people.

Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.

Palestinians want the resolution of the conflict with Tel Aviv based on the so-called two-state solution along the pre-1967 boundaries.

However, the Israeli officials insist on maintaining the occupation of Palestinian territories.

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