On October 26, 2023, Zhai Jun, the Chinese government’s special envoy for the Middle East, visited Saudi Arabia and met with Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Al-Huraij to exchange views on China-Saudi Arabia relations and the current situation between Palestine and Israel.
Zhai Jun said that Saudi Arabia is an important country in the Middle East, and China has always placed Saudi Arabia at the forefront of China’s Middle East diplomacy. China is willing to work with Saudi Arabia to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and continuously enhance the level of China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership. The current situation between Palestine and Israel is grim. China is saddened by the large number of civilian casualties caused by the conflict and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation. China believes that only by ceasefire and cessation of fighting as soon as possible and promoting the cooling of the situation can we create necessary conditions for a political settlement. Restarting the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks on the basis of the “two-state solution” is the only realistic way to break the vicious cycle of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with Saudi Arabia, pool efforts to promote peace, and promote a comprehensive and fair settlement of the Palestinian issue at an early date.
Huraiji said that under the leadership of the leaders of Saudi Arabia and China, the comprehensive strategic partnership between Saudi Arabia and China has developed strongly. Saudi Arabia is willing to intensify exchanges with China at all levels and enhance the level of cooperation in various fields. Saudi Arabia is deeply concerned about the situation between Palestine and Israel, opposes all attacks against civilians, and calls on parties to the conflict to cease fire as soon as possible, abide by international humanitarian law, and allow more humanitarian relief supplies to enter Gaza as soon as possible. Saudi Arabia appreciates China’s long-term just stance on the Palestinian issue and is willing to work with China to promote peace and stability in the region at an early date.
During his visit to Saudi Arabia, Special Envoy Zhai Jun also accepted an interview with the Middle East News, expounding China’s position on the current situation between Palestine and Israel and introducing China’s efforts to promote peace.
Source : mfa.gov.cn