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China appoints new Middle East special envoy

Updated: Sep 4,2014 9:01 AM     Xinhua

Senior diplomat Gong Xiaosheng was appointed China’s new special envoy on Middle East affairs, replacing Wu Sike, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang announced on Sept 3.

Gong, who used to be director of the Chinese Office in Palestine (Ambassador-level), Ambassador to Jordan and Ambassador to Turkey respectively,is very familiar with Middle East affairs, said Qin at a daily press briefing.

“I am sure he will make the best of his rich diplomatic experience and establish friendly ties with relevant parties in the region, and continue to work to promote peace via talks and negotiation,” said Qin.

Gong is scheduled to pay his first visit to Palestine, Israel, Egypt,Jordan and Lebanon shortly after taking office. During his visit he will exchange views with parties concerned on current situations in the region in the hope of promoting a just and reasonable resolutions for ongoing Middle East issues, Qin said.

Qin said China welcomed the Gaza cease-fire deal between Palestine and Israel and appreciated the mediation efforts made by Egypt.

“China believes that the signing of the deal is an important step to ease tension and hopes Palestine and Israel can implement the cease-fire deal so as to restart peace talks as soon as possible,” Qin added.