|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on China's Not Attending the "Friends of Syria" Meeting|
Q: Will China attend the "Friends of Syria" meeting to be held in Tunis on February 24?
A: China is a friend of the Syrian people and the Arab people. China has been supportive of the just cause of the Arab people for a long time. China supports all efforts conducive to the peaceful and proper resolution of the Syrian issue and is ready to work with other parties to continue playing a positive and constructive role to this end. At the same time, we believe that the international community's action on the Syrian issue should be conducive to easing tensions, promoting political dialogue, dissolving disputes and ensuring peace and stability of the Middle East region. China still needs to further look into the purpose, role and mechanism of the "Friends of Syria" meeting and finds it hard to attend the meeting with little knowledge of its preparation details.