China weighs in on Libyan crisis, calls for peaceful settlement of conflicts

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with visiting Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui in Beijing, capital of China, July 19, 2017. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

China is willing to make joint efforts with regional partners to seek a political settlement in the Libyan crisis, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

Wang made the remarks after talks with visiting Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui.

Libya’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should be respected and maintained, Wang said, Xinhua added.

“China is committed to a political settlement of the crisis,” said Wang, identifying that Libya’s future should be held by its people and all parties in Libya should resolve disagreement through dialogue and negotiation.

Wang emphasized the necessity of facilitating international cooperation on anti-terrorism, saying that since the war against terrorism in Iraq and Syria had advanced, Libya had become a potential target for terrorists, according to Xinhua.

He said that while insisting the UN lead Libya’s peace process, neighboring countries’ concerns should also be heard and taken into consideration.

China has always supported and participated in UN mediating efforts and had provided humanitarian aid to Libya and its neighbors within its power, Wang said, as reported by Xinhua.

While in talks with Jhinaoui earlier, Wang also expressed appreciation of Tunisia’s support for the Belt and Road Initiative, and said China would encourage more companies to invest and develop in Tunisia.

Jhinaoui hailed China’s position on the Libyan crisis and hoped that China could play a more important role to resolving the crisis in a peaceful way at an early date, Xinhua wrote.

He also expressed Tunisia’s willingness to cooperate with China on issues such as UN Security Council reform and anti-terrorism, concluded Xinhua.

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