US should stop 'abusing' use of force: China tells Iran foreign minister

WION Web Team New Delhi Jan 04, 2020, 10.03 PM(IST)

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the Chinese delegation Photograph:( Reuters )

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China will play a constructive role in maintaining peace and security in the Middle East Gulf region, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement, citing Wang on the call.

The United States should stop abusing the use of force and seek solutions via dialogue, China's foreign minister said, after a US air strike in Baghdad on Friday killed Iran's most prominent military commander Qasem Soleimani. 

The risky behaviour of the US military violates the basic norms of international relations and will worsen tensions and turbulence in the region, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on a phone call on Saturday.

China will play a constructive role in maintaining peace and security in the Middle East Gulf region, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement, citing Wang on the call.

Soleimani, the leader of Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards'  and much-revered figure in the region, was killed yesterday along with nine others in a pre-dawn attack on Baghdad international airport, including Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

(With inputs from Reuters)