Chinese, Syrian FMs meet in Beijing
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem held talks here Wednesday morning as the two sides exchanged views on the situation in Syria Xinhua reported
Yang briefed Mualem on China's principled stance on, and efforts in, resolving the Syria issue. He expressed hope that the Syrian government will continue to observe the six-point proposal put forth by Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, and actively cooperate with Annan in his mediation work. Yang also hopes that the Syrian government will fulfill its commitment to a ceasefire and troop withdrawal.
He also said he hopes the Syrian government will implement the UN Security Council's resolution to send an advance team of monitors, cooperate with the deployment of the ceasefire mechanism and launch a process of inclusive political dialogues and reform in a bid to push for an impartial, peaceful and appropriate resolution to the Syria issue.
Meanwhile, China hopes that the opposition factions in Syria will also fullfil their commitments and implement the six-point proposal put forth by Annan, Yang said.
Mualem expressed appreciation to China for its consistent, objective and impartial stance on, and its efforts in, seeking a political resolution to the Syria issue.
He said the Syrian government will cooperate with Special Envoy Annan in his mediation efforts, observe and carry out the six-point proposal, live up to the commitments of a ceasefire and troop withdrawal and carry out cooperation with the UN observation group.
The two sides also exchanged opinions on bilateral relations between China and Syria.
Mualem is in Beijing for a working visit to China at the invitation of Yang.