Russia, China Renew Rejection of Interference in Syria’s Affairs

MOSCOW _ The Kremlin announced on Thursday that the Russian President Dimitri Medvedev stressed that foreign interference and attempts of determining the legitimacy of the leadership of any state from outside contradict with the rules of the international law and undermine the regional and international stability.

The Kremlin pointed out that President Medvedev explained in a phone call with President of the United Arab Emirates the Russian stance on the situation in Syria and the necessity of ending violence from all sides, launching a dialogue with a wide participation from all sides and commitment to the Syrian sovereignty.

The Kremlin’s statement pointed out that the phone call comes in a series of phone calls on the situation in Syria as President Medvedev made phone calls with King of Saudi Arabia, President of Iran and Prime Minister of Iraq.

Russia and China on Thursday renewed rejection of any foreign interference in Syria’s affairs, calling for dialogue between the Syrian leadership and opposition without preconditions.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi stressed, in a phone call, their firm and unified stance on the situation in Syria which calls for ending any violence and launching internal dialogue between the government and the opposition with no preconditions as to reach a peaceful settlement and rule out any foreign interference in Syria’s affairs,the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry pointed out that the two ministers discussed the possible measures that might be taken to achieve the aforementioned goals.

Chinese Foreign Ministry: Beijing will not Attend So-Called Friends of Syria Meeting

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that China will not attend the so-called “Friends of Syria” meeting due to be held in Tunisia because its function and mechanisms need more study and understanding.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hong Lei, said that the international community’s measures should help ease tension, boost political dialogue and preserve peace and stability in the Middle East. The spokesperson expressed his country’s support to all efforts exerted in solving the crisis in Syria peacefully, adding that China is ready to work with all sides concerned to play a constructive and active role in this regard.