China’s special envoy for Syria said his country has been keeping in touch with concerned parties in Syria in order to achieve a political settlement to the country’s long-standing conflict through peace negotiations.
At a news briefing in the Chinese embassy in Damascus, Xie Xiaoyan stressed Beijing’s commitment to promoting peace talks and implementing the achievements in Syria.
“We are in touch with the Syrian government, the opposition, the regional countries, and other powers that are either directly, or indirectly, involved in the Syrian issue, and this is our advantage in mediation,” he said.
China hopes that involved parties in Syria will achieve reconciliation and eventually form a national reconciliation government, he said.
Meanwhile, the envoy pointed out that China has been providing humanitarian assistance within its capacity.
Xie stressed that terrorism is the common enemy of the whole world, and Syrian factions, regional countries and the international community should be united in counter-terrorism efforts without employing double standards.
Speaking of the deal on de-escalation zones, which went into force in Syria last month and largely helped curb violence in some areas, the envoy said the involved parties had reached a consensus on the establishment of de-escalation zones in the last round of peace talks held in Astana, which was an important step towards resolving Syrian crisis.
Xie voiced hope that the concerned parties would nail details of the agreement as soon as possible to bring it into effect.
The Chinese diplomat noted there is no quick solution to the Syrian issue, stressing that all parties should understand each other and make joint efforts to maintain the momentum of the peace talks.
“China has patience and confidence to advance settlement of the Syrian issue on the right track through concrete work, so that the crisis could gradually ease before it is finally resolved,” he said.
During his visit to Damascus on Saturday, Xie exchanged views with Syrian officials on bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues of common concern.