April 7, 2017 / 7:43 AM / in 3 months

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

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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.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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