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Lapid speaks to Chinese counterpart about Iran, Ukraine

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (second from left) speaks at the Fifth Israel-China Joint Committee on Innovation meeting, January 24, 2022. (MFA)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (second from left) speaks at the Fifth Israel-China Joint Committee on Innovation meeting, January 24, 2022. (MFA)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi about the Iranian threat and the war in Ukraine, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

Lapid calls for a speedy end to the war in Ukraine and the need for a diplomatic solution, according to the statement. The two also discuss bilateral ties, cooperation over the COVID-19 virus, and strengthening the government-to-government relationship through the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation.

Lapid updates Wang on last week’s Negev Summit and other “important regional developments.”

In January, at the Joint Committee virtual meeting, the countries signed a three-year plan to regulate cooperation and government-to-government dialogue through 2024.

The Joint Committee was established in 2014 as a comprehensive bilateral dialogue framework for senior government officials. January’s meeting was the fifth time the committee has convened, and the first since 2018.

The meeting was part of a series of events marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and China.

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