China says Syrian foreign minister to visit Beijing
BEIJING (REUTERS) - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem will visit China this week to meet his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, in what Beijing said was part of its efforts to push for a political solution to end fighting in the country.
Mr Moualem will be in China from Feb 4 to Feb 7, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.
"This is part of China's effort to push for a political resolution of the Syrian issue," Ms Hua said.
Mr Moualem last visited China, one of five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, in April last year.