UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Thursday voiced its support for the countries in West Asia and North Africa to independently handle their internal affairs.
The Chinese foreign minister, while addressing the UN General Assembly in its annual high-level debate, said " West Asia and North Africa is undergoing profound changes. China respects and supports efforts by countries in this region to independently handle their internal affairs and respects the aspirations and calls of people in this region for change and development."
"The unique features of this region in terms of religion, civilization, history and ethnicity should be respected," he said. "We hope that the relevant parties will settle differences through inclusive and constructive political dialogue and resolve problems peacefully."
"Safeguarding peace and stability in the region, upholding the fundamental and long-term interests of Arab countries and ensuring the growth of friendly China-Arab relations will remain a central goal of China's policy towards this region," he said.
"We will continue to make unremitting efforts with countries in the region to promote peace and development in keeping with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations," the Chinese foreign minister said.