French foreign minister postpones China trip

18th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

BEIJING, July 18, 2006 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy has postponed a two-day visit to China due to the conflict in the Middle East, his embassy said Tuesday.

BEIJING, July 18, 2006 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy has postponed a two-day visit to China due to the conflict in the Middle East, his embassy said Tuesday.

"Due to the situation in the Middle East, Minister of Foreign Affairs Philippe Douste-Blazy has decided to postpone his upcoming visit in China on July 20 and 21," said a short statement.

Douste-Blazy, who was to be accompanied by a parliamentary delegation and business representatives, was scheduled to visit Beijing on Thursday and Shanghai on Friday.

The statement did not say when the visit will be rescheduled.

It was to have been part of the preparations for French President Jacques Chirac's scheduled visit in October, two years after his last one to China.

More than 200 people have been killed in the Israeli offensive on Lebanon which began last Wednesday.

France started evacuating its nationals from Lebanon on Monday. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin Monday called for an "immediate humanitarian truce" between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

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Subject: French News

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