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China to host Palestine envoy on Gaza crisis

Last modified: 21 Nov 2012 11:37

China will host an envoy of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the crisis in Gaza, the country's foreign ministry announced, adding the government had been in touch with all players in the conflict to try and find a solution.

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 on Wednesday.

"China is paying great attention to the present situation in Gaza," Hua said. "China has been in close touch with Israel, Palestine and other countries, and has called on all sides, especially Israel, to exercise maximum restraint and cease fire as soon as possible to avoid the situation worsening."

"We support the necessary steps taken by the international community, especially the UN Security Council," she said.

China, a permanent member of the U.N. 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.