Wang Yi calls for 'common safety' at Middle East Security Forum
Updated 22:30, 27-Nov-2019

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for "common safety" - which means the safety of all countries should be well preserved, rather than putting one country's benefits on top - at the Middle East Security Forum in Beijing on Wednesday. 

In July 2018, at the opening ceremony of the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed a concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security for the region. Wang elaborated on that concept with three proposals in September's United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), saying Middle East countries should face the problems together as a team.

Solving the Middle East issues using force will never work out, Wang pointed out, urging related parties to deal with the problems peacefully through political settlement.

He also stressed the importance of objectivity, as the rights of every nation should be respected. "Every country's sovereignty should stay the same and cannot be interfered with," Wang said.

The Chinese Foreign Minister also noted the importance of the United Nations and joint efforts by all nations. The international community, especially the bigger countries, should start their efforts from "the interests of the Middle East people," so as to play constructive roles in the region's peace and stability.

Foreign guests attending the forum spoke highly of China's role in the region. They also raised their concerns regarding U.S. policies on Middle East countries including Palestine and Syria, and hoped a new era of peace and stability could be reached soon.

Peace in the Middle East matters to the world, the guests said, in hope for support from all countries to prevent the situation from worsening.

 China's Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong also attended the forum.