Xi says China willing to launch initiative with France for worldwide truce during Paris Olympics. REUTERS./

 – Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, reaffirmed their commitment to promoting a political settlement of the Iran nuclear issue, in a joint statement published by Chinese state media on Tuesday.

The president of France, Emmanuel Macron (L) receive Xi Jinping (R), General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party for dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on 6th May, 2024. REUTERS./

The leaders also called for the “concrete implementation” of a two-state solution in Israel and “condemned” Israel’s policy of settlement-building in the West Bank.

Xi is on a two-day visit to France as part of his first trip in five years to Europe, where he has been pressed by European leaders on trade tensions and Ukraine.

(Reporting by Laurie Chen and Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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