China's envoy to Syria Li Huaxin said Wednesday that Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem welcomed China's six-point statement for the political resolution on the Syrian issue.
Following a meeting with al-Moallem, Li told reporters that he had conveyed a message to Moallem from his Chinese counterpart, adding that the basic objective of his visit was to explain China's vision on Syria and how to reach a political settlement in the unrest-stricken country.
On Sunday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a six-point statement for the political resolution on the Syrian issue, calling for ceasing all acts of violence, launching an inclusive political dialogue, supporting humanitarian relief efforts, respecting Syria's sovereignty, welcoming the appointment of the Joint Special Envoy on the Syrian crisis by the UN and the Arab League, and maintaining that UN Security Council members should abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms governing international relations.
Meanwhile, Li stressed that "China's stand is to preserve Syria 's independence, unity and sovereignty," adding "I was so pleased that Minister Moallem has officially expressed the Syrian side's welcome of this statement, and a statement from the Syrian side would be soon issued in this regard."
"The talks were very useful, and we are very keen about the interests of the Syrian people and all Arab peoples and are keen about the peace and stability in the region," he said. "We hope that we can contribute in achieving this goal with our modest efforts and China will go on with those efforts in this regard."
Li said he will meet with some opposition figures in order to push the two sides for the table of political dialogue and to undertake a constructive stand to emerge from the current crisis.
There would also be a meeting with opposition activists abroad, he said.
Li, who is on a two-day visit to Syria, said during a meeting late Tuesday with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmed Arnous that dialogue is the only way to emerge from the crisis, underscoring the necessity that the international community respects Syria's sovereignty, independence and unity.