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Chinese FM: lack of Palestinian state 'a terrible injustice'

April 14, 2017 11:28 A.M. (Updated: April 17, 2017 7:16 P.M.)
(File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki met with his Chinese counterpart Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Thursday, during which time Wang reiterated the Chinese government’s commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state, calling the current lack of such a state a “terrible injustice.”

Palestinian Authority (PA)- owned Wafa news agency reported on the meeting and subsequent joint press conference between the two, saying that the meeting focused on political developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the region, and international scene.

According to Wafa, al-Maliki briefed Wang on “political and diplomatic efforts to revive the stalled peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”

Al-Maliki and Wang addressed the role of the US President Donald Trump’s role in peace talks, as al-Maliki expressed hope “that the US would play a balanced and constructive role in the peace process.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to meet with Trump in Washington next month.

Al-Maliki also spoke about “the continuous Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially Jewish settlements’ expansion in Palestinian territories,” to which Wang responded by affirming the necessity of finding a “just and comprehensive solution to the conflict.”

Israeli news daily Haaretz reported that according to Wang, China supports Palestinian efforts to create an independent state based on pre-1967 borders with what is now occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.

"Seventy years later, what we see is that our Palestinian brothers have yet to establish an independent state with full sovereignty," Haaretz reported Wang as saying. "This is unfair, and this terrible injustice must be addressed, and it cannot continue."

Both al-Maliki and Wang agreed to continue coordination in the future through the formation of a joint Palestinian-Chinese committee and through supporting the establishment of industrial zones in Palestine.
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