Beijing supports resolution of Gulf crisis within GCC framework

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BEIJING, July 20 (APP): China supports Arab countries finding their own
way within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council to eliminate the existing differences among the Gulf states.
A senior Chinese diplomat unveiled China’s three-point position
regarding the lingering Gulf crisis during his meeting with Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber, the visiting minister of state of the United Arab Emirates.
The observers have warned of the spreading impact of the crisis and
rifts within the six GCC members as the month long diplomatic standoff continues between Qatar and countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.
As good friends and partners of the Gulf countries, China hopes and
believes that the crisis will be properly addressed, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
One of the three points is that China supports an early start of
dialogue by all parties involved to demonstrate flexibility and reach consensus over the
initial, general goal of opposing terrorism in any form, he said.
Then the countries could work on other easy problems before moving on to
the tougher ones, Wang added.
China thinks that all parties involved, including the UAE, are capable
of successfully managing and controlling the current situation and have the wisdom to
resolve divergences and contradictions.
Beijing is willing to play a constructive role when needed by the
parties to ease the Gulf situation and promote area peace and stability, Wang said.
Touching on another point, Wang said China calls on countries involved
to stick to political and diplomatic settlements, act in accordance with the norms of
international relations and fulfill their respective international duties.
Another point is that regional outsiders should play a constructive role
in achieving a reconciliation, Wang added.
During the meeting, Al-Jaber said China is an influential major country
with a sense of responsibility, and the UAE endorses the objective and fair position of
China regarding Gulf affairs.
The UAE agrees with the three-point position stated by Wang and is ready
to continue communication and coordination with China, he said. Al-Jaber said his
country sticks to political and diplomatic settlements for resolving differences and has no
intention of interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, including Qatar.
The UAE does not expect further escalation of tension, and hopes all
parties involved will achieve consensus in major issues including the fight against
terrorism, he said.
The GCC consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab Emirates.