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Wang Yi Talks about Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the Syrian Issue: China Holds Four Expectations

On May 12, 2016 local time, after attending the 7th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Doha, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani of Qatar and Secretary-General Nabil El Araby of the League of Arab States (LAS) met the press together.

When asked about China’s expectations on the current Syrian situation and the fifth foreign ministers' meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to be held next week, Wang Yi said that the process of political settlement of the Syrian issue is like sailing against current. You are bound to fall behind if you don’t move forward. We welcome the fifth ISSG foreign ministers’ meeting to be held in Vienne next week. Regarding this meeting, China has following expectations:

First, Resolution 2254 adopted by the UN Security Council regarding the Syrian issue should be fully implemented. Political settlement is the only way out for the Syrian crisis. Resolution 2254 has identified the general direction as well as drafted the roadmap for the political settlement, showing the high degree of consensus of the international community. No matter what difficulties we may encounter, all sides should strictly carry out this resolution, especially supporting the mediation efforts of Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria.

Second, China welcomes and supports the positive progress from the joint efforts of Russia and the US in promoting a ceasefire of all Syrian parties and ensuring humanitarian access in Syria based on Resolution 2254 recently. It is hoped that Russia and the US can, along with other members of the UN Security Council and regional countries, play a bigger role in ensuring a real and complete ceasefire in Syria and accelerating the progress of political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Third, regional countries are stakeholders of the evolution of the Syrian situation. To restore peace and stability in Syria, we have to address terrorism and the refugee crisis from the source, which is in line with the common interest of all regional countries. It is hoped that regional countries can earnestly shoulder responsibility and provide support to the political settlement of the Syrian issue so as to forge a synergized force.

Fourth, the future of Syria should be independently decided by the Syrian people, and the key to solve the Syrian issue should be held in the hands of all sides in Syria. China hopes that the Syrian government and opposition could take fundamental national interest and people’s welfare into real consideration, shelve past disputes, conduct direct negotiation at an early date, synergize similarities and dissolve difference and gradually establish basic trust. They should also, guided by the principle of progressing from easier issues to more difficult ones, reach a specific solution that not only conforms to the spirit of Resolution 2254 but also is acceptable to all parties as soon as possible.

Wang Yi expressed that China will continue to uphold an objective and fair stance and make unremitting efforts to promote the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

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