China’s Wang Yi urges coordination with Iran in call to discuss Israel-Gaza war

by Hayley Wong at

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone call with his Iranian counterpart – their second since the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza war – as fears persisted that a second front could open along the Lebanon border.

Beijing hoped to “coordinate with Iran on international and multilateral occasions”, Wang told Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Monday, according to the foreign ministry.

In a discussion focused on the conflict in Gaza, Wang also called for strengthening communication, mutual trust and cooperation with Tehran following the agreements reached between the two state leaders in February and August.

“China’s stance on the Palestinian-Israel conflict is to pursue an immediate ceasefire, ensure humanitarian aid and resume a ‘two-state solution’,” Wang said, reiterating Beijing’s previous statements on its approach to the conflict.

He said Beijing’s position was “aligned” with the Arab world and had a “high level of consensus” with Islamic countries and the international community and noted that China was willing to work with Arab and Islamic countries to create conditions for a return to a two-state solution.