In Egypt, Wang Yi calls for Gaza ceasefire, Palestinian statehood

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Sunday for the establishment of a Palestinian state and a ceasefire in Gaza, where 100 days of the Israel-Gaza war have killed thousands.

In a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri in Cairo, the top Chinese diplomat said “it is necessary to insist on the establishment of an independent, fully sovereign state of Palestine on the 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital.”

A joint statement from the two ministers urged an immediate end “to all acts of violence, killing and targeting of civilians and civilian establishments”.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hold a press conference, in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Wang additionally discussed the conflict with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, according to Chinese state media Xinhua, with both sides agreeing a ceasefire “should be achieved as soon as possible to prevent the conflict from further spilling over.”

Israel launched an intense military campaign in response to Hamas’ deadly October 7 attack on southern Israel which resulted in about 1,140 deaths, mostly civilians, according to an Agence France-Presse tally based on official figures.

In Gaza, at least 23,968 people have been killed, most them women and children, according to the health ministry in the besieged Hamas-ruled territory.

Shoukri and Wang called for “an international summit for peace to find a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause by ending the [Israeli] occupation and establishing an independent, contiguous Palestinian state”.

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Gaza and the occupied West Bank, seat of the Palestinian Authority, are separated by Israeli territory. Both were seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, although Israel unilaterally withdrew the last of its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005.

China has historically been sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and supportive of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Wang is currently on an African tour that will see him also visit Togo, Tunisia and Ivory Coast.

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