NNA – Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, met on Friday at Villa Boustros with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, over most recent developments in the region, in addition to the bilateral relations.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Minister Bassil thanked China for its relentless support to Lebanon, in terms of its contributions within UNIFIL in the South and maintaining stability and tranquility there and across all Lebanon.
Bassil renewed Lebanon’s commitment to the full implementation of UN Resolution #1701 in all its clauses.
Turning to the Syrian refugee crisis, Bassil highlighted the brunt of the Syrian displacement into Lebanon, and the huge number of Syrian influx, the matter that poses a real existential threat to Lebanon’s security, prosperity, stability, future and community.
Bassil thus called for more international aid to assist Lebanon endure the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis, saying that the best feasible and lasting solution lies in the gradual return of the Syrian refugees to their homeland, even prior to the political solution.
He also pointed out that Lebanon adopts the policy of non-interference in other countries’ affairs, stressing the paramount importance of unity and resolving conflicts through dialogue.
Minister Yi, for his part, stressed China’s relentless support to Lebanon’s efforts in maintaining its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
He also lauded Lebanon as a distinguished country in the region, with its harmonious coexistence amongst its different religions and communities.
Yi hoped that Lebanon’s experience of peaceful coexistence amongst the various communities will serve as a model for resolving issues in the Middle East.
Turning to the Syrian issue, Yi stressed the necessity of resolving the Syrian crisis through a political solution.