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China says Syrian foreign minister to visit Beijing

Published on Feb 4, 2013 3:57 PM

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.

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