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The full text of the joint statement by China and Arab states on the Palestinian issue was released on Friday. The text noted that relevant United Nations resolutions must be fully and effectively implemented and that the two sides will work together to promote an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and strive for a comprehensive, fair and lasting resolution of the Palestinian issue. As soon as possible.

The joint declaration was adopted by China and Arab states at the 10th ministerial conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum on Thursday.

The joint statement highlights the deep concerns of China, Arab states and the international community regarding the dire situation in Gaza and the urgent need for a ceasefire, analysts said.

The joint statement contains 21 points on which China and Arab states have reached consensus. Noted that both parties condemn Israel’s continued violations against the Palestinian people; denounce the violations in the city of Rafah, the bombing of refugee camps and the control of the Rafah crossing.

The statement states that in the Gaza Strip, 125,000 Palestinian civilians were killed or injured, the majority of whom are women and children. The Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip is forced to endure a deadly famine and a blockade that cuts off all means of subsistence. Residential areas, hospitals, schools, mosques, churches and infrastructure in the Gaza Strip have been systematically destroyed and thousands of Palestinians are being detained and mistreated.

Both sides oppose the implementation of plans, intentions and actions to forcibly expel the Palestinian people from their homeland, which would harm prospects for peace in the Middle East and exacerbate regional conflicts, the statement said.

Both sides call on the UN Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to achieve an immediate, comprehensive and sustained ceasefire, stop the forced transfer of Palestinians, ensure the delivery of aid across the Gaza Strip and implement relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. to restore normal life in Gaza. Both sides condemn the US for using its veto power to prevent Palestine from becoming a full member of the UN, the statement said.

The statement noted that both China and Arab states support the International Court of Justice’s provisional measures issued on January 26, March 28 and May 24 regarding South Africa’s case against Israel. Both sides believe that Israel must comply with relevant legal provisions, especially international humanitarian law. Both sides stress that Israel, as the occupying side, is responsible for the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Israeli troops are seen near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel on May 29, 2024. The Israeli army announced on Wednesday that it has gained full operational control of the Philadelphia Corridor, a strip of land along the border between Egypt and the south of the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Xinhua)

Urging Israel to stop its actions in Rafah is to prevent the situation from worsening and address the pressing need for humanitarian aid, Liu Zhongmin, professor at the Institute of Middle East Studies at Shanghai University of International Studies, told the Global Times on Friday -fair.

The statement also emphasizes the shared position of China and Arab states on the Palestinian issue, Liu said, referring to the statement’s point that the Arab side emphasizes the implementation of the resolutions taken at the Extraordinary Joint Arab-Islamic Summit held in Riyadh . on November 11, 2023, including the lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip, allowing humanitarian aid from Arab, Islamic countries and the international community to immediately enter the entire Gaza Strip by sea, land and air.

The statement also mentions the Arab countries’ appreciation and support for China’s position on the Palestinian issue, as well as the role China has played in providing humanitarian aid, which demonstrates the mutual support between the two sides on the Palestinian issue, Liu said.

The declaration analyzes peace initiatives proposed by Arab states and UN resolutions on the Palestinian issue. By reviewing these historical documents, the declaration underlines the consensus and efforts of the international community on the Palestinian issue and emphasizes that the resolution of the Palestinian issue must be based on UN documents to ensure a fair and lasting solution, Liu said.

The statement emphasizes the importance of the two-state solution and calls on Israel to end its occupation of East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and parts of Lebanon, analysts said.

Liu said the declaration aims to provide a comprehensive and multidimensional perspective for resolving the Palestinian issue, emphasizing the international community’s shared responsibility for achieving peace and stability in the region.

According to the joint statement, both China and the Arab states emphasize that peace, security and stability in the region cannot be achieved without ending the occupation of the territories of the Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, the occupation of Golan Heights of Syria and the occupation of territories in Lebanon.

The joint statement calls on the international community to take irreversible measures to promote the establishment of an independent Palestinian state by reaching a political solution based on international law and relevant international resolutions.

Both China and the Arab states reaffirm that the two-state solution is the only realistic way to resolve the Palestinian issue. They call for the rapid convening of a larger, more authoritative and more effective international conference to initiate an official peace process based on internationally recognized principles.

Via Global Times.

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