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Interview: China has right to play special role in Middle East: Jordan's senate president

AMMAN, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- China should play a leading role in the Middle East, especially on the Palestinian issue and the Syrian crisis, Jordan's Senate President Abdul Raouf Rawabdeh said on Thursday, adding that Jordan-China relations are historic and at their best at present.

In an interview with Xinhua, Rawabdeh said China is one of the great countries that are making history and future at this stage, noting that Jordan has kept a distinguished relation with China since the time of the late King Hussein. He added that His Majesty King Abdullah's frequent visits to China have further developed this relationship.

China and Jordan have enjoyed a very friendly relationship since diplomatic ties were established in 1977, which is evident through cooperation in economy, commerce and services for the benefit of the two peoples, Rawabdeh said.

The senate president commended China's qualitative leap in development over the past 20 years. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has played a constructive role on the international arena; and with its other advantages, including a wise leadership and an advanced industry, it's capable of playing a special role in the Middle East, Rawabdeh said.

On political developments in the Middle East, Rawabdeh said that Palestine is the only country in the world that is still under occupation. The Palestinians still suffer from oppression everyday, but the world deals with this issue with double standards.

He added that the oppression, the lack of human rights and dignity, and poverty and hunger have caused uproar among the people, which has created a fertile ground for extremist powers and the Takfiri movements in regional countries where unjustness prevails.

The entire world should stand up against these Takfiri movements, as the regional security is a mutual one in which no county alone can keep its security without cooperation with neighbors.

Therefore, alliances to face such movements are very important, but "I think the curse coalition is not enough," Rawabdeh said. Facing such movements needs to end the oppression, make justice and equality between nations, and provide decent living conditions and proper education for human beings.

In this regard, Rawabdeh stressed on the key role of the media in highlighting the true image of Islam, which calls for love and acceptance of others.

On the Syrian crisis that started in 2011, the senate president said no imminent solution is expected, but emphasized on the need to start working on it, as no solution can be imposed on any country and it's the right of each country to choose its ruling system and regime.

This choice should be voluntarily and includes all segments and all political powers, Rawabdeh said, adding that the solution should also be peaceful and without a war.

According to Rawabdeh, as a county that has hosted a large number of Syrian refugees, Jordan is now under economic pressure in terms of water and energy. If these two issues are addressed, then Jordan will be able to address other issues.

Meanwhile, Syrian refugees do not only pose an economic problem to Jordan, as they also affect infrastructure and social ties in the country. However, Rawabdeh added that Jordan is open to all Arabs who left their countries, and that they will always find a warm refuge in Jordan till they return to their homelands.

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