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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on a Hopeful Resumption of Talks between Palestine and Israel

2013/07/20

Q: US Secretary of State John Kerry stated on July 19 that Palestine and Israel "have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations." If everything goes as expected, representatives from the two sides will "begin initial talks within the next week" in Washington. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the upcoming resumption of peace talks between Palestine and Israel and appreciates all relevant parties' efforts to that end. We hope that the two sides could meet each other halfway despite all difficulties and strive to achieve substantive results as soon as possible.

This year, China has been actively promoting peace talks between Palestine and Israel by receiving the two leaders and hosting the UN International Meeting in Support of Palestinian-Israeli Peace in China. President Xi Jinping has also put forward the four-point proposal on the settlement of the Palestinian issue. Together with the international community, China will continue to play an active and constructive role in pushing for a comprehensive and just settlement of the Palestinian issue.

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