China urges US to respect aspiration of West Asian nations

China has urged the United States to respect the aspiration of the people of West Asian countries as Washington opposes Syria’s return to the Arab League.

China on Wednesday urged the US to respect the aspiration of West Asian nations and stop what Beijing called coercive diplomacy.

“The Middle East (West Asia) belongs to the people of the Middle East, and its affairs should be decided by the people of the Middle East independently,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin at a regular news briefing.

Wang urged Washington to stop disrupting the dialog and reconciliation process among countries in West Asia, and stop causing tension to divide the region.

Washington has already voiced discontent with Syria’s return to the Arab League, with US State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel saying, “We do not believe that Syria merits readmission to the Arab League at this time, and it’s a point that we’ve made clear with all of our partners.”

He said Washington would not “normalize relations” with the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and that the White House did not support its “allies and partners doing so either.”

Furthermore, the US announced the decision to extended for another year the national emergency declared with respect to Syria, starting from May 11.

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