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Ambassador Zhang Jun: China is committed to playing a constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East and the Gulf Region

2020-01-06 03:41

On 6 January, concerning the escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran and the situation in the Middle East and the Gulf region, Ambassador Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic China to the United Nations, told the media that China follows situation very closely and the pressing task at the moment is to prevent the situation from further escalating and running out of control. As a permanent member of the Security Council, China is carrying out active diplomatic efforts. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has had telephone conversations with the Russian, French and Iranian foreign ministers in firm commitment to regional peace and stability. China opposes arbitrary use of force in international relations. The US unilateral adventurist acts have violated basic norms governing international relations and led to aggravation of tensions. We urge the US side not to abuse force and call on relevant parties to exercise restraint and seek solution through dialogue. At the same time, the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Iraq should be respected.

Ambassador Zhang said that the Security Council shoulders the primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security. The international community, including the Security Council, should work for deescalation of tensions. China has noticed that the Permanent Representative of Iran has presented a letter to the President of the Security Council, asking the Council to pay close attention to US actions and uphold the Council's responsibilities. China is ready to keep close communication with relevant parties, uphold just and objective position, stand for international law, fairness and justice, and maintain peace and stability in the Gulf region and the Middle East.

Regarding the US pushing for a press statement on the attack on the US Embassy in Iraq, Ambassador Zhang said that China doe not accept the US accusation. China firmly supports protection of the safety of foreign missions in accordance with international law. The US unilateral military action has led to drastic changes in regional situation. Action taken by the Security Council should reflect latest developments of the situation and help prevent escalation of tensions.

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