Saudi FM tells China violence by Assad must be stopped

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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal expressed, on a visit to Beijing Friday, that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should not be allowed to continue committing crimes against civilians.

The meeting between Saudi and Chinese counterparts comes ahead of the second Geneva meeting, where a peace conference on Syria will be held in the first half of June.

The foreign minister said Saudi Arabia is keen on finding a resolution to the ongoing Syrian crisis and violence in the war-torn country should come to an end.

Al-Faisal stressed the importance of having a unified international stance on the Syrian crisis.

China has meanwhile agreed that hostilities in Syria should be stopped, adding that any decision the international community is going to take should abide by the United Nations Charter and principles.

During the visit, the Saudi minister met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss regional affairs and China-Saudi bilateral relations.

“It is a set policy of China to develop friendly relations with Saudi Arabia no matter how the international situation changes,” the Chinese president said as quoted by Xinhua news agency.

Sources speaking to Al Arabiya said al-Faisal was told that China will not support an Iranian nuclear program that could impose a threat on the Gulf region.