Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that China welcomes the recent agreement between the US and Russia regarding Syria’s chemical weapons, Xinhua reports.
Wang told visiting French counterpart Laurent Fabius that China also welcomes the Syrian government’s decision to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention.
The explosive situation in Syria is easing and the prospect of settlement of the Syria’s chemical weapons issue through peaceful methods is opening up, according to Wang.
China hopes the settlement process of the Syria issue will be brought into the United Nations framework as soon as possible, the minister said, adding that the UN Security Council should play an important role.
China also expects the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will conduct work with an attitude of neutrality, objectivity, impartiality and professionalism with the international support, Wang said.
Wang’s statement comes after US secretary of state John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov announced an agreed framework on Saturday to secure and destroy Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons by mid-2014.
At the recent G20 summit in St Petersburg, China joined Russia in lobbying hard against military action in Syria. This was made significantly easier when John Kerry’s gaffe at a London press conference opened the door for securing and destroying Assad’s chemical weapons instead of punitive strikes.
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