BEIJING: China while condemning killing of Russian ambassador in Ankara expressed solidarity with people and government of Turkey to curb terrorism and safeguard its solidarity.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference here, “The Chinese side is deeply shocked and saddened by the shooting attack on the Russian Ambassador to Turkey. It is a brutal terrorist act that severely endangers the life of diplomatic staff.

The Chinese side strongly condemns that, mourns the death of Ambassador Karlov, and conveys sympathy to his families, the Russian government and people.

We hereby reaffirm our opposition to all forms of terrorism, our support to efforts and actions by Russia and Turkey to combat terrorism, and our readiness to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation with the rest of the world.”

About the Russia’s role in Syria, the spokesperson said, the Chinese side is firmly opposed to terrorist acts committed under any pretext.

“We have been following the development of the situation in Syria. We sympathize with the Syrian people for their wartime suffering. We believe that the international community should adopt a holistic approach to address the Syrian issue in a comprehensive, just and appropriate manner as soon as possible.

We must stay committed to resolving the Syrian issue through political means especially when the situation is as complex and sensitive as such, advance in parallel the ceasefire, political peace talks, cooperation against terrorism and humanitarian aid, give full play to the role of the UN as the major channel for mediation, and restart the political talks as soon as possible.

Together with the international community, the Chinese side will push for the political settlement of the Syrian issue in an objective and just manner, “ she added.