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China continues to make efforts for peace in Middle East: spokesperson


China will continue to work with all parties to enhance coordination and galvanize more responsible and meaningful action in the UN Security Council for an early cessation of hostilities in Gaza, the implementation of the two-state solution and peace and stability in the Middle East, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Monday.

She made the remarks while commenting on Resolution 2720, which was passed by the UN Security Council with 13 votes in favor and two abstentions last Friday, calling for urgent action to expand humanitarian assistance to Gaza and create the conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities.

Mao said China voted in favor of Resolution 2720, the second resolution adopted by the Security Council since the start of the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict. 

However, she noted that the resolution does not quite meet international expectations and has gaps that need to be filled.

She said as the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict has killed and injured tens of thousands of civilians and the humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate, China has urged for the resolution to be implemented effectively, humanitarian assistance to be expanded and a monitoring mechanism to be established as soon as possible.

Realizing a ceasefire remains the absolute priority and prerequisite for everything else, Mao said. 

(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover: Palestinians inspect the rubble of destroyed buildings after heavy Israeli bombardment of the Al-Maghazi camp in central Gaza, December 25, 2023. /CFP)

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