Palestinian president to visit China-Xinhua

Palestinian president to visit China

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-06-09 23:35:00

BEIJING, June 9 (Xinhua) -- At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas will pay a state visit to China from June 13 to 16, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying announced Friday.

At a news briefing on Friday, Wang Wenbin, another spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, said that President Abbas is an old and good friend of the Chinese people and the first Arab head of state to be hosted by China this year. "This speaks volumes about the high-level friendly relations between China and Palestine."

Wang said China and Palestine enjoy a traditional friendship, and China is one of the first countries to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine.

He said in recent years, thanks to the personal guidance of President Xi and President Abbas, the China-Palestine relations have maintained a good momentum of growth with stronger political mutual trust and deeper friendship between the two peoples.

"China stands ready to work with Palestine to follow through on the common understandings of leaders of the two countries and take the China-Palestine traditional friendship to new heights," Wang added.

The Palestinian question is at the heart of the Middle East issue and matters to the region's peace and stability and global equity and justice, Wang said, adding that "China has all along firmly supported the Palestinian people's just cause of restoring their legitimate national rights."

The spokesperson said for 10 consecutive years, President Xi has sent congratulatory messages to the special commemorative meeting in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and more than once he put forward China's proposals for resolving the Palestinian question, stressing the need to resolutely advance a political settlement based on the two-state solution and intensify international efforts for peace.

As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China will continue to work with the international community for a comprehensive, just and enduring solution to the Palestinian question at an early date, said Wang.