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Liu Yandong Pays Official Visit to Palestine

On March 31, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong paid an official visit to Palestine, and met respectively with President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah of Palestine.

Liu Yandong expressed that the traditional friendship between China and Palestine is deeply rooted in the hearts of peoples. The Chinese people always firmly support the just cause of the Palestinian people to fight for national legal rights. My visit to Palestine this time aims at implementing relevant initiatives regarding the Palestinian issue proposed by President Xi Jinping, further consolidating the traditional friendship between the two countries, and pushing the relevant bilateral cooperation for positive progress. China stands ready to, together with Palestine, further strengthen mutual political support, constantly enrich the connotation of economic and trade cooperation and reinforce people-to-people and cultural exchanges in areas including education, science and technology and culture so as to continuously push forward the development of the bilateral relations. Peace talk is the only way to resolve the conflict. China supports any proposals that are beneficial to resuming Palestine-Israel peace talks and realizing peaceful coexistence between the two countries. China calls on the two countries to rebuild mutual trust and strive for an early resumption of peace talks, and will continuously make unremitting efforts to promote peace between Palestine and Israel and maintain regional stability.

Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian side appreciates China's long-term respect and support to its just cause as well as its valuable support and assistance in politics and economy to Palestine. Violence, military force and terrorism can only bring destruction, not peace, and the Palestinian side insists that only through peace talks can Palestine and Israel achieve peace and both youths see the hope of peaceful coexistence between them.

Rami Hamdallah stated that China has played an important role in advancing the Middle East peace process and provided strong help for the Palestinian economic construction. The Palestinian side deeply appreciates that and hopes the Chinese side could continue to play a key role in promoting the Palestine-Israel peace process, and strengthen bilateral communication and cooperation in various areas including economy and trade, education, culture, scientific research and tourism.

During the visit, Liu Yandong also visited Arafat Mausoleum.

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