FOREIGN MINISTERS OF CHINA, QATAR MEET IN BEIJING

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who met in Beijing Thursday, have called on all parties in the current Gulf crisis to address their differences within the framework of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).

“All sides should continue restraint and conduct face-to-face talks as soon as possible, so as to avoid escalation of the situation, send out a positive signal in addressing the crisis through political and diplomatic means, and re-assure the role of the GCC,” Wang said.

Calling the GCC “a mature regional organization which has successfully solved many disputes”, Wang expressed confidence that the Gulf countries had the capability to manage the current situation and address their differences within the GCC.

Opposing all forms of terrorism is the common consensus of the international community. The Gulf countries can find a way to resolve the crisis through candid talks, on the basis of jointly fighting terrorism, mutual respect, non-interference in each other’s domestic affairs, and staying committed to their international obligations, he said.

“China appreciates and supports Kuwait’s mediation efforts,” Wang said, calling on the international community to help create conditions to resolve the crisis at a regional level. As a sincere friend of Arab countries, China stands ready to play a constructive role in promoting peace talks if necessary, he added.

Al Thani said Qatar was willing to launch constructive talks with all sides on the basis of respecting sovereignty, non-interference in domestic affairs and complying with international law, so as to gradually establish mutual trust and address differences fundamentally.

The Qatari foreign minister commended China’s objective position on the crisis, saying that Qatar was ready to maintain communication and c-oordination with China, and hoped that China would continue to play a positive role.

The two foreign ministers also exchanged opinions on bilateral ties and agreed to strengthen pragmatic co-operation under the Belt and Road Initiative and facilitate people-to-people exchanges.

(Eds note: Three GCC members — Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — and Egypt last month cut ties with Qatar, citing Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism as well as Qatar’s relations with Iran).

Source: NAM News Network