(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday stressed his country's stance on the Syrian crisis, as he met a Syrian presidential advisor, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. During his meeting in Beijing with Syria's Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban, Wang said China's stance on the issue includes joint international efforts against terrorism, a political solution and alleviation of the humanitarian crisis, according to the report.
"China supports anti-terrorism campaign in compliance with international laws and with the agreement of countries involved," Wang was quoted as telling Shaaban.
"China backs the UN-led political solution on the Syrian crisis and advocates a third Geneva conference on the issue at a proper time," the foreign minister said. "China supports the sovereign independence and territorial integrity of Syria and its exploration of a development path that suits its own national conditions. The destiny of Syria should be ultimately decided by its people," Wang added.
Shaaban said her country supports all efforts conducive to a political solution on the Syrian crisis.
"Syria appreciates China's stance on the issue and welcomes China's positive and important role," she said.
Syria has been in the throes of conflict since 2011, when opposition actions against the government of President Bashar al-Assad evolved into a running war that also saw the emergence of al-Qaida-linked groups such as the Nursra Front and extremist groups like the Islamic State.
According to UN estimates, an estimated 220,000 people have been killed in the conflict and half of the Syrian population displaced, fueling an exodus of refugees to neighboring states, Europe and other countries.
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