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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on Syrian President's Special Envoy's Visit to China

2012/08/13

Q: It is reported that Syrian President's Special Envoy and Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban will visit China soon. Please brief us on the specifics. Why did China invite him to visit?

A: At the invitation of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Syrian President's Special Envoy and Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban will arrive at China on August 14 for a visit. During the visit, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will have talks with him.

In order to push for the political resolution of the Syrian issue, China has been actively working on the Syrian government and opposition in a balanced manner, urging them to earnestly implement Annan's "six-point proposal", relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the communique of the foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria, immediately cease fire, stop violence, concretely protect civilians and dissolve crisis through political dialogue. Shaaban's visit is part of China's efforts for the above. At the same time, China is also considering inviting relevant opposition groups in Syria to visit China in the near future.

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