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Yang Jiechi Meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry

On February 14, 2014, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met in Beijing with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Yang Jiechi stressed, China-US cooperation is in line with the fundamental interests of the two countries and of utmost importance for the world peace, stability and prosperity. Both sides should make joint efforts to well implement the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama on the construction of the new model of major-country relations between China and the US, maintain close high-level exchanges and strategic communications, do a good job for the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue and other mechanisms, strengthen cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels, truly respect and care about each other's core interests and major concerns, properly handle differences and disputes, and push China-US relations towards a new greater development.

John Kerry noted that the US and China share wide range of common interests. Both sides should actively seek to strengthen practical cooperation, properly manage differences, and advance the construction of the new model of major-country relations between the US and China.

On Syria issue, Yang Jiechi pointed out that a political settlement is the fundamental way out for the Syria crisis. The international community should continue to mediate between the Syrian government and the opposition side, promote and maintain the momentum of negotiations, and continually accumulate consensus. China pays great attention to the humanitarian situation in Syria and will continue to provide the necessary help.

On Iran nuclear issue, Yang Jiechi pointed out that the first-step agreement on Iran nuclear issue officially came into effect last month, marking important and positive progress on the issue. Hope the relevant parties fulfil their promises, remain patience, show flexibility, maintain and advance the momentum of dialogue, consolidate the fruits of the first stage, and keep moving towards the goal of a comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of Iran nuclear issue.

John Kerry said that the US appreciates China's constructive role in Syria, Iran nuclear and other issues, and is willing to continue the communications and cooperation with China.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula situation, Afghanistan and other issues of common concern.

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