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    China Ready to Contribute to Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations - President Xi

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    BEIJING (Sputnik) - China stands ready to contribute to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in order to fairly resolve the Palestinian issue as soon as possible, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

    "The Chinese side will promote the Israeli-Palestinian talks and continue its active role in early and just solution of the Palestinian issue," Xi said in a congratulatory message to President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Mahmoud Abbas to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese-Palestinian diplomatic relations.

    Xi noted that China supported the just cause of Palestinian national reconstruction and stood for establishing an independent Palestinian State within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. He also noted that China attached the utmost importance to developing relations with Palestine.

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    In his congratulatory message to Xi, Abbas praised the significant and special role of China in supporting the Palestinian people.

    For decades, Palestinians have been seeking diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government, along with a number of other countries, refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity and continues to build settlements in the occupied areas, despite objections from the United Nations.

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