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China offers proposals to address growing tensions in Middle East, Gulf region

Updated: Sep 28,2019 10:12 AM    Xinhua

UNITED NATIONS — State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi put forward several proposals to address growing tensions in the Middle East and the Gulf region.

In his speech at the General Debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Sept 27, Wang said the Iranian nuclear issue affects world peace and security, and all parties need to work together to uphold the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and ensure that this historic outcome is not derailed.

Given the growing tensions in the Middle East and the Gulf region, China proposes that the Iranian nuclear issue should be speedily brought back to the track of the JCPOA, the Gulf countries should be urged to establish a platform for dialogue and consultation, and countries from outside the region should play a positive role in maintaining security in the region.

He also noted the Palestinian issue must be put at the top of the international agenda.

"What we lack is not a grand design, but the courage to deliver on the commitments and the conscience to uphold justice," he said, adding that there should be no more regression from the two-state solution and the "land for peace" principle, which represent a bottom line of international justice.

For the Palestinian people, to establish an independent state is their inalienable right, something that should not be used as a bargaining chip, he stressed.