Egypt backs peaceful solution to South China Sea issue

In an interview with CNC, spokesperson of Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu said Egypt supports the stance of a number of Arab nations concerning China’s position on the South China Sea issue.

At the seventh Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum in Doha in May, a number of Middle Eastern nations announced that they support a peaceful settlement of territorial and maritime disputes between China and other Asia-Pacific countries through consultation.

SOUNDBITE (ARABIC): AHMED ABU ZAID, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson
“We always call for peaceful dialogue and political ways to solve disputes.”
The spokesperson says any tension in the region of South China Sea worries Egypt as well as the international community.

SOUNDBITE (ARABIC): AHMED ABU ZAID, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson
“Countries bordering this area should maintain peaceful and positive relationships. We wish that the dispute would soon be solved.”

The Philippines filed unilaterally in 2013 an arbitration case against China over the issue in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, violating an agreement it reached with China on settling their disputes through negotiation.

China has excluded maritime delimitation from compulsory arbitration and has made it clear it will not accept or get involved in those proceedings.

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