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PA official says China could be 'honest broker' in Israel-Palestine talks

Aug. 19, 2017 5:29 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 19, 2017 5:29 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A senior Palestinian official told a Chinese newspaper that China could be an “honest broker” between Israel and Palestine, and that the country could have an important role in future peace agreements.

China’s Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday that Tayeb Abdul Rahim, secretary-general of the Palestinian presidency and an aide to President Mahmoud Abbas, had told the outlet in a recent interview that China’s role in future peace negotiations could “help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two-state solution.”

According to Xinhua, Rahim was responding to a proposal that was developed between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of a meeting the two held in Beijing in July, though Abbas had cut the trip short and returned to the occupied West Bank amid rising tensions around Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.

The proposal set out in Beijing confirmed China’s support for a two-state solution on 1967 border lines with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and focused on strengthening political and economic ties between China and the occupied Palestinian territory.

The meetings in Beijing were aimed at reaffirming the longstanding relationship between China and Palestine, as China was one of the first countries to recognize the Palestinian state in 1988 and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which opened up an embassy in Beijing in 1974.

According to Xinhua, China is also expected to host a symposium on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process later on this year in order to launch dialogue between Palestine and Israel, with the aim of galvanizing the long stalled peace negotiations.
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