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China hails visits by Netanyahu, Abbas aimed at easing deadlock

By Xinhua - Global Times Source:Xinhua-Global Times Published: 2013-5-11 1:18:01

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Friday that China's reception of Palestinian and Israeli leaders has demonstrated its constructive manner in promoting a resolution for issues concerning the Middle East.

The reception of both leaders is part of China's efforts to promote peace talks between Palestine and Israel, as well as maintain peace and stability in the Middle East, Hua said at a daily press briefing.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas paid a state visit to China from May 5 to 7 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially visited China as a guest of Premier Li Keqiang from Monday to Friday.

The Palestinian side said Xi's proposal and China's mediating efforts reflect the great importance Beijing has attached to the dispute.

Palestine appreciates China's objective and just stance toward the complicated issue, as well as its firm support for Palestine's independence, Hua said. For its part, Israel showed gratitude to China for its efforts to promote the peace process, she said.

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