PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim hopes China will help to ensure the Hamas-Israel conflict can be resolved quickly so that humanitarian aid can be sent to Gaza without restrictions.
According to foreign minister Zambry Abdul Kadir, Anwar discussed the issue with Chinese vice-president Han Zheng during their meeting at Perdana Putra here today.
“Anwar also hopes China will play a more active role. China also responded positively to the suggestion that the conflict must be resolved quickly,” Zambry told reporters after the meeting.
He said China also reiterated its commitment to recognising Palestine’s status.
China is the current chair of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
On Nov 3, China reportedly stated that the situation between Palestine and Israel was most urgent, emphasising the need for a ceasefire to prevent a more severe humanitarian disaster and escalation of the conflict.
The meeting between Anwar and Han, which lasted more than an hour, also touched on investment and cooperation in various sectors, Zambry said.
The two leaders also discussed working together in the halal industry and the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations, which would be celebrated next year.
Han’s visit also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Malaysia-China comprehensive strategic partnership.
For over a decade, China has been Malaysia’s largest trading partner.
In 2022, the total trade between Malaysia and China reached RM487 billion, a 15.6% increase from 2021.
China also emerged as the largest foreign direct investor in Malaysia for 2022, with investments totalling RM55.4 billion.
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