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Envoy to Syrian president visits China for talks

August 13, 2012
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BEIJING—A special envoy to Syria's president will hold talks in China on Tuesday, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry says opposition figures may also visit.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang says the envoy of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Buthaina Shaaban, will meet with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

Qin says China is also considering inviting members of Syrian opposition groups to visit.

China and Russia have been sharply criticized by the United States and other Western countries for vetoing U.N. Security Council resolutions that might have opened the door to sanctions on Syria.

China says it wants to promote a political solution between the Syrian government and opposition to end the fighting that has killed an estimated 20,000 people in the last 18 months.

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