China to host Sisi, Arab leaders to 'issue common voice' on Palestinian cause: Beijing

Ahram Online , Monday 27 May 2024

China will host President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and several other Arab leaders this week to "issue a common voice between China and Arab countries on the Palestinian cause," according to Vice Foreign Minister Deng Li, as quoted by AFP.

combined images (from L to R) of Egyptian President El-Sisi, Bahrain s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Tunisia s President Kais Saied, and the UAE s President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.


President El-Sisi, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Tunisia's President Kais Saied, and the UAE's President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed will attend the 10th Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum opening ceremony.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to attend the forum and deliver a keynote address on Thursday, Li announced during a press conference.

He also noted that President Jinping will individually meet with the four heads of state to discuss bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Furthermore, the vice foreign minister stated that the forum aims to deepen the consensus between China and Arab countries.

China, which supports the Palestinian cause and the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been calling for an end to the Israeli war on Gaza since 7 October.

Beijing has also expressed opposition to Israel's invasion of Rafah city in southern Gaza.



During a visit to the Middle East in January, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi met with President El-Sisi in Cairo, where they expressed their rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians from their lands, according to an Egyptian presidential statement.

They also emphasized the need for a just resolution to the Palestinian cause and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the two-state solution.

Additionally, they expressed support for Palestine's full membership in the United Nations.

In November, Beijing hosted a meeting with the foreign ministers of Egypt, Palestine, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan, to support the Palestinian cause.

During the meeting, FM Wang Yi expressed China’s readiness to collaborate with the Arab states to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza.



The international community has been pressuring for a halt to the Israeli hostilities in Gaza that have continued for nearly eight months now.

Israeli forces, however, have continued to expand their operations in the besieged strip.

Despite global pressure, Israel initiated a ground invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza on 7 May, killing and injuring scores of civilians sheltered in the city and displacing a million others.

The Israeli war since 7 October has claimed the lives of nearly 40,000 people and left over 80,643 injured, according to the Gaza health ministry on Sunday.

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