Mahmud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinians, has arrived in Beijing, and China has stated its willingness to assist in facilitating Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Abbas arrived in the Chinese capital on Tuesday morning for a four-day state visit, according to state-run broadcaster CGTN. Abbas is making his fifth official trip to the second-largest economy in the world.
President Xi Jinping of China is someone Abbas is anticipated to meet while in the country, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.
According to Wafa, the two would “exchange opinions… on the most recent developments in the Palestinian arena as well as on regional and global issues of mutual concern.” Premier Li Qiang and Abbas will also meet, according to the news source.
“China has always firmly supported the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights,” he added.
Beijing has worked to strengthen its connections to the Middle East by opposing long-standing US dominance and mediating a reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran in March.
On his trip to Saudi Arabia in December of last year, Xi visited Abbas and pledged to “work for an early, just, and durable solution to the Palestinian issue.” He was there for the inaugural China-Arab States Summit.
Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, visited Beijing in February. He was the first Iranian leader to travel to China in thirty years.