Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing attends Foreign Ministers' Meeting

May 8, 2006

On May 8, 2006, foreign ministers of China, the United States, Russia, Britain, France and Germany held a meeting in New York, exchanging opinions on the Iran nuclear issue. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing attended the meeting.

Li said that China is resolute to maintain the international nuclear non-proliferation system and peace and stability in the Middle East. Related resolutions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors and the Statement by Chairman of Security Council should be implemented faithfully. It is hoped that Iran and the IAEA cooperate comprehensively to clarify issues left over from history so as to restore trust of the international community. Li stressed that under the current situation the international community should remain committed to solving the Iran nuclear issue peacefully through diplomatic talks and all parties concerned should keep calm and restrained to create the necessary conditions and atmosphere for resuming talks.

During the meeting, Li met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice respectively, exchanging views on the Iran nuclear issue, bilateral ties and other issues of common concern.

On the same day, Li also met and discussed with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan the reform of UN, the Sudan issue and the Iran nuclear issue.