China to host Palestinian envoy on Gaza tensions

By REUTERS
November 21, 2012 10:28

BEIJING - China will host an envoy of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the crisis in Gaza, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, adding the government had been in touch with all players in the conflict to try and find a solution.

China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council with veto powers, has traditionally had a low profile in Middle East diplomacy, but has maintained close relations with the Palestinians for decades.

In recent years, it has also cultivated good ties with Israel, especially in the field of defense.

The envoy, secretary-general of the Palestinian People's Party, Bassam Al-Salhi, will be in China from Thursday for a three-day trip, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.


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