BEIJING-China urged Thursday the Syrian government and the opposition to start dialogue as clashes continue in the Middle Eastern country.
Speaking in Beijing, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said during a meeting with BouthainaShaaban, the political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that Damascus should also adopt practical measures to meet people’s reasonable demand for reform, and push forward the political transition process in country.
China is "deeply concerned" about the situation in Syria, Yang said, urging the internationalcommunity to play a constructive role leading the country out of its current crisis.
Press reports said Thursday that Beijing urged the visiting Syrian envoy to implement a cease-fire and accept international mediation to end the violence.
“China urges the Syrian government and all concerned parties ... to quickly implement a cease-fire to end the violence and start political dialogue,” Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told Bouthaina Shaaban.
In turn, Shaaban briefed minister Jiechi on the situation in Syria and the efforts exerted by the Syrian government to get out of the crisis through a political national dialogue, away from foreign interference, stressing Syria's interest in cooperation with friendly countries and international organizations and its commitment to Annan's six-point plan.
Interviewed by the China Daily, Bouthaina Shaaban highly appreciated the stances of China and Russia on Syria which are "consistent with the United Nations Charter, international laws and ethical values, and are helpful to the peaceful resolution" to the crisis in Syria.
"We're happy to see countries like China and Russia, who are not colonizers or deal with people as colonizers," added Shaaban criticizing the stances adopted by the west on Syria.
The "most dangerous, rigid and harmful sanctions" issued by the West have affected the health sector and the lives of ordinary Syrian civilians, and the West is worsening the situation by "supporting with arms and money people who are inciting the civil war in Syria" underlined Shaaban.
Shaaban described her visit to China as to give "the Chinese leadership a real picture of what's going on in Syria" and coordinate with China to solve the current crisis that has taken thousands of people's lives.