Tue, 02 Mar 2021

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy on Monday called for strengthened cooperation between the United Nations and the Arab League in order to promote peace.

China stands for strengthened cooperation between the United Nations and the Arab League in accordance with Chapter VIII of the UN Charter in order to better maintain peace and security at regional and international levels, said Dai Bing, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

Under the current circumstances, the international community -- the Security Council and the Arab League included -- needs cooperation more than ever to address challenges, he told a Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and the Arab League.

Dai called for efforts to push forward the UN secretary-general's global cease-fire initiative and stabilize the security situation in the Middle East.

Protracted conflicts in the Middle East have brought untold suffering to the region. With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading, many countries in the region are facing insufficient capacity and resources in testing, quarantine facilities and medical treatment, he said.

"All countries share a common destiny. Therefore, our top priority is to achieve cease-fire and stay united to combat the pandemic and save lives."

He called on UN agencies and relevant special envoys and special representatives of the UN secretary-general to enhance coordination with the Arab League to de-escalate conflicts, protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and advance humanitarian relief efforts.

"At the same time, we must prevent terrorists from taking advantage of the current situation and moving within and outside the Middle East and North Africa," he said.

Dai called for efforts to seek political settlement to hot-spot issues through dialogue and consultations.

Many issues in the Middle East and North Africa are intertwined, the solution to which can never be found overnight, he said.

The countries and people in the regions are yearning for peace. The international community must therefore stay united, pursue the overarching goal of political settlement, remain committed to dialogue and consultations, and manage the situation constructively, he said.

The Arab League, with its strengths in many ways, can play a unique role in conflict prevention, good offices and mediation, among others. Parties to conflict must show mutual respect, seek common ground, and shelve differences so as to build mutual understanding and trust, said Dai.

He also called for efforts to leverage multilateralism and build a dialogue platform for regional security, and to eradicate the root causes of conflict and promote peace through development.

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