Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Beijing willing to play ‘necessary role’ in Middle East peace process, says Chinese foreign minister

South China Morning Post - Wednesday, 08 March, 2017

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is meeting the press this morning on the sidelines of the country’s annual plenary meetings in Beijing. Wang will speak on issues including Sino-US relations, the situation in the Korean Peninsula. Here are the highlights of his remarks as they flow in.
Wang said China welcomed the imminent visit of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia and wanted to play a “necessary role” in the Middle East peace process.
Fighting terrorism, pursuing political resolutions and keeping the United Nations at the driver’s seat were three indispensable principles that must be held on to as the Middle East situation reached a critical crossroad, he said.
“There are both risks to worse turbulence but also hopes for peace,” Wang said.