RAMALLAH, December 18, 2013 (WAFA) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Wednesday met in Ramallah with President Mahmoud Abbas and discussed the political developments in the region.
Wang, who earlier met Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Foreign Minister Riyad Malki, hailed Palestinian-Chinese relations saying Palestine was the first country he was visiting as part of his tour in the Middle East, according to a statement by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry.
He said this sends a message to the world of China’s support for the Palestinian cause and rights and the importance of an end to the Israeli occupation.
Wang also urged taking advantage of efforts by the US Secretary of State John Kerry to make the negotiations a success and aimed at the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
Malki briefed his Chinese counterpart on the peace process and Kerry’s peace efforts as well as Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, which he said aims at creating new facts on the ground and preventing the establishment of the Palestinian state.
Wang also attended a reception in Ramallah marking 25 years since the establishment of relations between China and the Palestinians.