China Stands By Palestinians, Muslims: Beijing Assures Support To Arab, Islamic Ministers

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the world must act urgently to end war on Gaza as he met Foreign Ministers of the Arab and Muslim-majority nations who called for immediate ceasefire to stop Israeli's brutal action.

A delegation of Foreign Ministers of the Palestinian Authority, Indonesia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are in Beijing this week for talks aimed at a "de-escalation" of the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Wang told the diplomats Beijing was "a good friend and brother of Arab and Muslim countries".

He said Beijing has always firmly defended the legitimate rights and interests of Arab and Muslim countries, and has always firmly supported the Palestinian people's efforts to restore their legitimate national rights and interests.

"China firmly stands with justice and fairness in this conflict."

"Let us work together to quickly cool down the situation in Gaza and restore peace in the Middle East as soon as possible," Wang told the guests.

"A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in Gaza," Wang told the delegates, including the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

"The situation in Gaza affects all countries around the world, questioning the human sense of right and wrong and humanity's bottom line," he said.

"The International Community must act urgently, taking effective measures to prevent this tragedy from spreading," Beijing's top diplomat added.

The Hamas government in Gaza says at least 13,000 people have been killed in Israel's relentless aerial bombardment and ground operations, thousands of them children.

China has historically been sympathetic to the Palestinians and supportive of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

And it has this year sought to play a greater role in the Middle East by sending an envoy for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.