Chinese President Xi calls for peace conference between Hamas, Israel

Chinese President Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Thursday for a peace conference on the war between Israel and Palestinian fighter group Hamas as he addressed Arab leaders and diplomats at a forum in Beijing.

China is this week hosting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and several other Arab leaders for a forum at which discussions on the war in Gaza were expected.

Addressing the delegations on Thursday morning, Xi said China supported a “broad-based” peace conference to resolve the conflict.

“The Middle East is a land bestowed with broad prospects for development, but the war is still raging on it,” Xi said.

Xi also said China “supports Palestine’s full membership in the UN, and supports a more broad-based, authoritative and effective international peace conference”.