April 7, 2017 / 7:43 AM / 6 months ago

China calls on all sides to stick to political settlements in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan (not pictured) at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it is urgent to prevent a further deterioration in the situation in Syria after a U.S. military strike on a Syrian government airfield.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China called on all relevant parties to stick to political settlements.

She made the comments during a regular briefing when asked about the U.S. strike, which came as China’s President Xi Jinping was attending a summit in Florida with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Writing by Michael Martina; Editing by Nick Macfie

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