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Xi Issues Statement for Middle East Peace Conference

Xi Jinping at the Arab-China Cooperation Forum on May 30. Credit: CGTN

Chinese President Xi Jinping released a statement for a peace conference on the Palestine-Israel conflict, keynoting the opening of the 10th Ministerial conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum today. Heads of state attending include Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Tunisian President Kais Saied, and United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit of the League of Arab States, as well as delegations from many other Arab nations.

Xi said: “The Middle East is a land bestowed with broad prospects for development, but the war is still raging in it…. War should not continue indefinitely. Justice should not be absent forever. Commitment to the two-state solution should not be wavered at will. China firmly supports the establishment of an independent State of Palestine that enjoys full sovereignty based on the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital. It supports Palestine’s full membership in the UN, and supports a more broad-based, authoritative and effective international peace conference.”

Expressing their “deeply rooted … friendly exchanges along the ancient Silk Road,” Xi said: “China will further enhance strategic cooperation with the Arab side on oil and gas, and integrate supply security with market security. China is ready to work with the Arab side on new energy technology R&D and equipment production.”

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