China: Willing to Help ‘Restore Peace in the Middle East’

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has told a visiting delegation of Muslim officials that Beijing is willing to help “restore peace in the Middle East”.

“Let us work together to quickly cool down the situation in Gaza and restore peace in the Middle East as soon as possible,” Wang told visiting diplomats from Arab and Muslim-majority nations on Monday.

Wang also said a humanitarian disaster was unfolding in Gaza that “affects all countries around the world, questioning the human sense of right and wrong and humanity’s bottom line”.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said the international community needs to shoulder the responsibility to stop Israel.

Officials from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia, Palestine and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation are in China as part of a tour that is calling for an end to fighting in Gaza and the delivery of more humanitarian aid into the territory.

The delegation, which plans to meet officials from the permanent members of the UN Security Council, is also seeking to raise pressure on Western countries to reject Israel’s characterisation of its military campaign in Gaza as self-defence.

An Arab-Islamic summit hosted by Saudi Arabia earlier this month demanded an end to the siege of Gaza, access to humanitarian aid, and a halt to the sale of arms to Israel while condemning “Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, war crimes and barbaric and inhumane massacres by the occupation government”.

Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu is in Beijing with the latest updates.

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