An aerial photo taken on Sept. 25, 2015 from a seaplane of Hainan Maritime Safety Administration shows cruise vessel Haixun 1103 heading to the Yacheng 13-1 drilling rig during a patrol in south China Sea. (Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan)
ANTANANARIVO, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Madagascar encourages direct dialogue between countries directly concerned in the South China Sea issue, according to a statement from Madagascar's Foreign Affairs Ministry.
"The Republic of Madagascar encourages parties directly concerned in the dispute in South China Sea to begin a direct dialogue between them to obtain not only a sustainable solution acceptable by all, but also a resolution in line with international rights and in particular to bilateral treaties and agreements of their home regions," the statement said.
"Only dialogue and consensus can preserve peace and stability in the region," the statement added.
Madagascar supports all countries that choose the path of friendly negotiation in order to strengthen mutual trust and strengthen international cooperation, the statement said.
China has reiterated that it would neither accept nor recognize any award in the South China Sea arbitration initiated by the Philippines.
China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea Islands and the adjacent waters, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei on Thursday.