China Urges Yemen Ceasefire, Dialogue

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – China is seriously concerned about the worsening situation in Yemen and all sides need to stop fighting and resolve the dispute through talks, China's ambassador to Yemen was quoted as saying Wednesday.

China Urges Yemen Ceasefire, Dialogue

China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has repeatedly expressed worry about the fighting in Yemen and called for a political solution.

"China is seriously concerned at continuing upheaval in Yemen and the worsening humanitarian situation," ambassador Tian Qi said during a teleconference with the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed, according to China's Foreign Ministry.

China hoped a ceasefire would be achieved as soon as possible and that all parties follow UN resolutions and look for a political solution, Tian added.

China was willing to do what it could to help, he added, according to a Reuters report.

In April, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Saudi Arabia's King Salman in a telephone call that efforts should be stepped up to seek a political solution to the crisis in Yemen.

On March 26, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies began to launch air strikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

According to Yemen's Freedom House Foundation, the Saudi airstrikes have claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Yemeni people so far while more than 7,000 others have been wounded, most of them civilians.

In the latest Saudi-led attacks, at least 44 people were killed and 180 others wounded in air strikes on Sana'a early Sunday.

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