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Palestine seeks role for China in peace talks

China should be more involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and talks, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki said today.

Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi

Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Beijing, Al-Maliki said China should have "greater involvement in the process of reaching an agreement between Palestine and Israel".

Wang Yi asserted that China remains convinced that an early settlement to the Israel-Palestine question would contribute towards peace in the Middle East and the defeat of terrorism in the region. He also expressed sympathy for the lack of an independent Palestinian state, saying it is "unfair. This kind of historical injustice must be corrected. It cannot continue."

China has previously called for a two-state solution, voiced its support for an independent Palestinian state, and voted in favour of a UN resolution to end the construction of Israeli settlements in December 2016.

Al-Maliki is in China on a four day visit to bolster relations and cooperation.

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