China says will 'cooperate' with new UN Syria envoy
BEIJING (AFP) - China on Saturday welcomed the naming of Lakhdar Brahimi as the new international envoy for the conflict in Syria, vowing support and cooperation for his mission after he replaced Mr Kofi Annan.
"China will support and cooperate positively with Mr Brahimi's efforts at political mediation," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Beijing differs with the West on how to handle the conflict in Syria, and along with Moscow has vetoed Security Council resolutions on the issue, putting it at odds with Washington and London.
China is generally suspicious of intervention in the internal affairs of other nations. State media this week accused Western powers of hampering international efforts to end the Syrian conflict.