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China's special envoy condemns Israeli offensive: Syria
DAMASCUS, Aug 8 (AFP) Aug 08, 2006
China's special envoy Sun Bijan on Tuesday firmly condemned Israel's month-old offensive against Lebanon, the official Syrian news agency SANA reported.

"The Chinese envoy firmly condemned Israeli aggression against Lebanon, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent victims," it said.

China is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, which meets in New York later Tuesday to discuss a draft resolution aimed at bringing a halt to the conflict between Israel and the Shiite militia Hezbollah in neighbouring Lebanon.

As a permanent council member, China has the power to veto any draft resolution.

SANA said Bijan expressed "the wish of his country to be kept informed on Damascus's position with regard to current developments and the debate at the UN Security Council".

Bijan made his comments during a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Maqdad.

"The two parties are convinced of the need for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Lebanon," the news agency added.

Bijan arrived in Damascus on Monday as part of a regional tour that will also take him to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian territories and Israel.

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