China will step up efforts to promote peace in the Middle East and contribute to the region’s development, China’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu said during a UN Security Council meeting.

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council addressed the situation in the Middle East and, discussed the possibilities of reaching a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“China will step up its communication and cooperation with regional countries and work to maintain peace and stability, uphold fairness and justice and promote common development in the Middle East,” Ma said on Tuesday.

Ma added that China supports a political settlement of the Palestinian question, as well as the idea of an independent state of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Israeli government, along with a number of other countries, refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity.

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