China, India, Russia stress political solution to Syria crisis
NEW DELHI, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- China, India and Russia Sunday stressed the need to find a political solution to the Syria crisis, said Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid after a trilateral foreign ministers' meeting here.
The Russian foreign minister Seigei Lavrov also said the three foreign ministers agreed that a peaceful solution, rather than military solution, is the only way to end the civil war in Syria.
Lavrov also said all three countries hope the Geneva II conference on Syria should be held as soon as possible and that U. N. inspectors should be given access to the chemical stockages.
The three foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Afghanistan is one of the most important issues for the region.
"We hope to see a safe, stable, unified and developing Afghanistan. We actively participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, which is in an important period of transition," said Wang.
A smooth holding of election, an Afghan-decided peace process and U.N. action in coordinating international support to Afghanistan are key elements in a peaceful transition in the country, he said.
China will host an international conference on Afghanistan next year in Tianjin, he said.
Photo: Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (1st left) shakes hands with his Swiss counterpart Filippo Lombardi on the sidelines of the 129th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva on October 9, 2013.
November 7, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) – Minister of Tourism, Bisher Yazigi, discussed with Ambassador of Russia in Damascus, Azamat Kulmuhametov, relations between the two friendly peoples and exchanged viewpoints on developing these relations in the field of tourism.
Minister Yazigi stressed in a press release that the two sides agreed to exchange experience in the field of training Syrian human cadres to develop the tourism sector.
For his part, the Russian Ambassador said that the radical solution to develop tourism in Syria lies in finding a political solution to the crisis as soon as possible, adding that Syria is rich with tourist and historical monuments.
He pointed out that Russia is committed to developing friendship relations and cooperation with Syria in various fields.
Minister of Tourism discusses with Chinese Ambassador means of developing cooperation
In the same context, Minister Yazigi discussed with Chinese Ambassador in Damascus, Zhang Xun, the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of developing these relations in the field of tourism.
Minister Yazigi stressed after the meeting the importance of cooperation with the Chinese tourist organizations to launch several tourist activates, adding that a number of Chinese businessmen will pay a visit to Syria soon.
The Chinese ambassador pointed out that friendship ties between the Syrian and Chinese peoples are deep-rooted and there is always need to communicate among them.
China supports Geneva II conference on Syria
October 31, 2013
Damascus: China has supported efforts to find a political solution of persisting Syrian crisis and supported the Geneva II conference in this regard.
The Chinese ambassador to Syria Zhang Xun said Wednesday that China deems the political solution and the Geneva II conference on Syria as "necessary" in light of the current situation in the war-torn country, Xinhua reported.
"We all deem the political solution and convening the Geneva II conference as necessary, particularly in light of the current situation.
"The military solution has no way out, and any party of the conflict can't defeat the others," Zhang said after meeting the visiting UN-Arab League joint special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
"Brahimi has provided us with the results of his Middle East tour," the ambassador remarked about his meeting with Brahimi, stressing that China "actively support convening the Geneva II conference in order to reach for a political solution to the Syrian issue."
He also reiterated his country's rejection of any form of foreign military intervention in Syria, saying that "we reject the foreign military intervention and wish for a ceasefire and a halt of violence in Syria.
"We support the work of Brahimi, and exert efforts in dealing with concerned Syrian parties."
The long-awaited Geneva II conference on Syria aims to bring the government and the opposition to one table by the end of November to hammer out a political solution to end the suffering of all Syrians.
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July 4, 2013
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'China calls for objective probe on Syrian chemical weapons claim'
China says it hopes that the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria will be fair and objective in investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
A spokesperson from China’s Foreign Ministry made the statement after allegations from the White House on Thursday said that the US intelligence community found the Syrian government had used chemical weapons on a small scale against the opposition several times in the last year.
She said, "The Chinese side is firmly opposed to the use of chemical weapons no matter who uses them. We hope the UN working group investigating the chemical weapon’s claim in Syria can investigate it objectively and fairly on the premise of following international laws and the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. We always think a political solution is the only realistic and correct way out for the Syrian issue."
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(China: 'We hope the UN working group investigating the chemical weapon’s claim in Syria can investigate it objectively'...)