China seeks to work with Egypt on Israel-Hamas war

AFP , Wednesday 11 Oct 2023

China is seeking to work with Egypt to help ease the Israel-Hamas war, its Middle East envoy has said as he urged a ceasefire.

File Photo - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) greets his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang after a news conference in Cairo, January 15, 2023. AFP


Zhai Jun spoke by phone on Tuesday with Egypt's assistant minister for the Palestinian territories, according to a readout of the conversation published by Beijing.

"China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with Egypt, push both parties of the conflict to cease fire and stop violence as soon as possible," Zhai said.

He also urged "the international community to form a joint force and provide humanitarian support to the Palestinian people".

Thousands of people have been killed since Hamas's shock attack on Saturday, the deadliest ever in Israel.

In Israel, the death toll rose on Wednesday to 1,200 people.

Meanwhile, in Gaza, officials have reported more than 900 people killed as Israel pounded the territory with air strikes.

Since the attack, Egypt has intensified its push for diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the spiraling violence.

Egypt has historically been a key mediator between Israel and the Palestinians.

China has meanwhile positioned itself in recent months as a mediator in the Middle East, brokering a restoration of ties in March between Saudi Arabia and key Hamas backer Iran.

Zhai added that the "fundamental solution lies in the implementation of a 'two-state solution'", calling on key players in the conflict to "make practical efforts" towards this end "with the greatest sense of urgency".

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