Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and other leaders joined United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for an ‘extraordinary’ meeting of the BRICS bloc of developing countries to discuss the Israel-Hamas war Tuesday.
Leaders of Brazil, India and South Africa were present for the virtual meeting along with countries which are set to soon join BRICS (in January), including Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates.
During Xi’s address, he urged an immediate Gaza ceasefire toward realizing “lasting peace and security,” according to Xinhua. He further asserted in the virtual remarks that without a “just settlement” on the Palestinian question, there will remain “no enduring peace and stability in the Middle East.”
He called for all parties to immediately agree to ceasefire and stop all violence, including attacks which target civilians. Xi additionally said that all civilian detainees must be released to “avoid more loss of lives and suffering.” Xi further emphasized China’s desire to ultimately see a two-state solution provide a lasting peace.
According to more from a summary of Xi’s remarks:
“China will provide…
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