Top Chinese political advisor pledges support to Syria, Arab nations

08:21, November 02, 2010      

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Jia Qinglin (C), chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, visits the Golan Heights during a formal friendly visit to Syria on Nov. 1, 2010. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin visited the Golan Heights on Monday, pledging support for Syria's efforts to resume the exercise of sovereignty over the mountainous region partially occupied by Israel.

"China unswervingly supports the just cause of the Syrian government and people to safeguard their national sovereignty and territorial integrity, backs Syria to resume the exercise of sovereignty there, and supports Syria's long-time efforts for peace in the Middle East," said Jia after visiting the ruins of Quneitra city, the Syrian headquarters for the heights.

China will, as always, play a positive and constructive role, and work along with Syria and the international community to strive for a comprehensive, fair and lasting peace in the Middle East at an early date, said Jia, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee.

He planted an olive tree there to signify peace and friendship.

The Golan Heights, with its major part under Israeli occupation since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, remains a highly contested land straddling the borders of Syria and Israel.

During an interview with Syrian media on Sunday, Jia hailed the traditional friendship between China and Arab nations, highlighting political mutual trust, mutually beneficial economic cooperation, frequent cultural exchanges and well-organized coordination on international affairs.

"China always firmly supports the Arab states' just strive for resuming legitimate national rights and interests, appreciates their support to China on issues concerning China's core interests," Jia said.

Labeling Arab nations as "good friends, brothers and partners" of China, Jia called for more cooperation between China and them to further boost their strategic cooperation.

Jia arrived here on Friday for a five-day visit to the country.

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