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China hasn't considered attending "Friends of Syria" meeting

(Xinhua)

16:58, March 26, 2012

BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday that, under the current situation, China has not considered attending the second "Friends of Syria" meeting scheduled to convene in Istanbul in April.

Hong Lei told a regular press briefing that China noted that the second meeting will be held in Turkey and had received an invitation.

"We think actions taken by the international community with regard to Syria should help ease the situation there, promote political dialogue, resolve disputes and maintain peace and stability in the Middle East," Hong said.

He added that the resolution of the Syrian issue requires the participation of, and dialogue between, major parties involved, and the international community should create favorable conditions for that.

China will continue to work with all sides and play an active and constructive role in finding a peaceful and proper resolution to the Syrian issue, the spokesman said.

The first "Friends of Syria" meeting was held in Tunisia in February, but failed to facilitate a settlement of the crisis.

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