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Wang Yi Briefs on the Luncheon Meeting Between the Foreign Ministers of the Five Permanent Members of the Security Council and Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN)

On September 26, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi presided over a luncheon meeting between Foreign Ministers of the permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council and UN Secretary-General at the Chinese Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. After the meeting, Wang Yi briefed the Chinese and foreign media on relevant situation at inquiry.

Wang Yi said, just now, the Chinese side presided over a working luncheon meeting between Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General António Guterres. We talked in an in-depth and extensive manner. Secretary-General António Guterres first briefed on his views on the current international situation, emphasizing that the five permanent members bear important responsibilities for international peace and security. If the five permanent members are united, any problem in the world can be solved. Otherwise, any problem in the world may not be solved. We understand that Secretary-General has expressed some of his worries and concerns about the current international situation.

Wang Yi expressed, the UN Charter gives the five permanent members special powers, and at the same time, countries all over the world also place special expectations on the five permanent members. The five permanent members should not only safeguard their own legitimate interests, but also undertake the international obligation of safeguarding world peace and stability. To this end, the five permanent members should take the lead in abiding by the international rule of law, supporting multilateralism, honoring international commitments, and helping developing countries achieve their own development. More importantly, the five permanent members should take the lead in safeguarding the status of the UN and implementing the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

Wang Yi said, we also put forward suggestions on how the five permanent members can overcome differences and conduct cooperation. First, we can start from the areas where we can cooperate. For example, on the issues of Libya and Afghanistan, the five permanent members share common interests and common goals. Second, more attention should be paid to African issues. For example, the Group of Five for the Sahel need to form a joint force to combat regional terrorism, and the UN Security Council should take a decision to provide necessary financial support in a transparent and supervised manner in order to help Africa truly solve its problems in an African way. Third, we can take the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN next year as an opportunity to form a document gathering the consensus of all countries, so as to review and sum up the achievements made since the founding of the UN, summarize the experience and lessons, and plan for opening up a brighter future for the world.

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