Chinese Deputy foreign Minister, Ho Ying, has been holding talks in Lebanon with government and Palestinian officials.
Chinese Deputy foreign Minister, Ho Ying, has been holding talks in Lebanon with government and Palestinian officials. Mr. Ho arrived in beirut on Monday (29 October), after visiting the Arab state of Oman. There, he said that the Sultanate was of great importance in safe-guarding the security and peace of the Gulf region and the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (30 October), the chinese Deputy Foreign Minister met Lebanese Prime Minister, Selim Al-Hoss, in Beirut. No statement was issued after the talks, but the two men were expected to discuss Lebanese and Middle East affairs, and the part China could play in helping the region. Mr. Ho was also expected to meet Lebanese foreign Minister, Fuad Butros, the following day.
Meetings were also scheduled with representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and it was likely that Mr. Ho would meet the PLO's Chairman, Yasser Arafat. Earlier this year, the Chinese Chairman, Hua Guofeng, sent a message to Mr. Arafat expressing sympathy with the Palestinian cause.
In Oman, Mr. Ho had talks with the Head of State, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. After his three day visit to Lebanon, Mr. Ho is to visit North Yemen. This trip has assumed added importance following the recent signing of a peace and friendship treaty between the Soviet Union and South Yemen.