Chinese FM, UN chief discuss Gaza conflict

China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday that Beijing hopes a UN resolution passed in recent days calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza will be observed by parties in the conflict. In a phone conversation with Ban, Yang said the resolution reflected the strong desire of the international community for an immediate cease-fire, according to a foreign ministry statement. Yang said the immediate cease-fire should be realized and Israeli troops should withdraw from the Gaza Strip, the statement said. He said the humanitarian crisis in Gaza should be eased as soon as possible. The Foreign Ministry announced Saturday that China's Middle East envoy will soon travel to Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian territories to push for an end to the fighting in Gaza.