November 22, 2002

Chinese President on Middle East Issue

China is deeply worried about the deterioration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East, visiting Chinese President Jiang Zemin said here Tuesday evening at a banquet hosted by Tunisian President Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali.

He noted that China condemned Israel's military strike and economic blockage against Palestine, as well as the siege of President Yasser Arafat. Israel should immediately implement relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, withdraw from the Palestinian areas, lift the siege of President Arafat and solve its conflicts with Palestine through negotiations, Jiang said.

He stated that China, as a permanent member of the Security Council, will, as always, support the Middle East peace process andjoin hands with Arab nations, including Tunisia, to continue to work to help ease the regional tension and promote an early settlement of the issue.

Jiang flew in Tunis earlier Tuesday from Abuja of Nigeria for his state visit as guest of Ben Ali.

Tunisia is the fourth leg of Jiang's two-week five-nation trip, which will finally take him to Iran on April 18.

Jiang had just ended his state visit to Germany, Libya and Nigeria.

(Xinhua News Agency April 17, 2002)

In This Series
Nigeria Supports One-China Policy

Jiang Zemin Arrives in Nigeria

Continued Development of Sino-Nigerian Relations

Chinese President to Visit Libya After Germany

Cecilienhof Palace Reminds Jiang National Reunification

Jiang Addresses German Business Representatives

Visit Begins with Hope
for Mutual Trust

Jiang Arrives in Berlin

President Jiang Leaves Beijing for Five-nation Tour

Chinese President to Visit Five Countries

China's Top Legislator Li Peng Meets Tunisian FM

Chinese Vice President Meets Tunisian FM

Chinese,Tunisian Foreign Ministers Confer in Beijing

Chinese Vice Premier Meets Tunisian FM

China Stresses Unique Role of Tunisia in World Arena

Tunisian Paper Condemns US Hegemony over Plane Collision


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