China spoke of the importance of Middle East peace ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s departure for China on Sunday for a three-day trip to advance economic ties between the two countries.
He will arrive just after Saudi Arabia’s King Salman concludes his own three-day trip, in which the Israeli- Palestinian conflict was on the agenda along with economic issues. Earlier in the week, Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman met with US President Donald Trump in Washington.
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On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying noted that “Both Saudi Arabia and Israel are influential countries in the Middle East,” in response to a reporter’s question about China’s role in improving relations between the Israel and Saudi Arabia, which do not have diplomatic ties.
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