Remarks by Ambassador Geng Shuang, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the UN, at the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security

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January 3, 2024

Ambassador Geng Shuang stressed that the Red Sea is an important waterway for goods and energy, calling for unimpeded access.

Expressing grave concern about the recent attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea, he urged an end to such attacks and asked all parties to respect the freedom of navigation of all countries.

Major countries with influence should play a key role in keeping shipping lanes safe in the Red Sea.

Current tensions pose a new challenge to the Yemeni political process and add complexity to the already volatile Middle East situation, he said, urging restraint and maintaining the positive momentum towards a political settlement.

Describing the current tension as a “spillover effect” of the conflict in Gaza, he said that the only way to avert further escalation in the Red Sea is to bring about a ceasefire in Gaza and provide humanitarian aid there.  China will continue its unremitting efforts towards a long-lasting peace, he added.



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