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.
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