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China Appoints First Special Envoy for Syria

Beijing announces Xie Xiaoyan as special envoy to support UN mediation efforts in Geneva
China Appoints First Special Envoy for Syria

China announced Tuesday it has appointed its first special envoy for Syria to help facilitate dialogue between parties of the intra-Syrian peace talks held in Geneva.

Xie Xiaoyan, a former ambassador to Iran, Ethiopia and the African Union, was appointed to the position, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei.

“Xie, with a rich understanding of Middle East affairs, will fulfill his mission,” Hong said.

Hong noted that a political settlement is the only way out of the Syrian crisis, adding that Beijing supports the negotiations in Geneva which are taking place under UN supervision.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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