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Syria, China discuss prospects of joint cooperation

Damascus, SANA – Planning and International Cooperation Commission signed two cooperation agreements worth USD 16 million with the Embassy of China on providing humanitarian aid to the Syrian people. According to the agreements, china will provide two batches of humanitarian aid: the first batch is worth 40 million yuan while the second is estimated at 70 million yuan ( a total cost equals to USD 16 million).

In 2004, Syria and China has signed 9 cooperation agreements in the sectors of agriculture, economy, water, technical cooperation, loans, health, tourism, oil and gas, not to mention the Avoidance of Double Taxation agreement in 2003 and the economic, trade and technology cooperation agreement in 2001.

In a statement following signing the agreements, Head of Planning and International Cooperation Commission Imad Sabouni said that that the two agreements fall within the context of the ongoing cooperation between the two countries governments where China, over the past years, has provided big support to Syria in the international forums to overcome the crisis it has been passing through.

Chinese Ambassador in Damascus Qi Qianjin made it clear that the humanitarian assistance provided by his country’s government and the two agreements signed today confirm the depth of bilateral relations between the two countries, stressing that china is looking forward to further cooperation in all economic, social and humanitarian fields.

He pointed out that the positive development of the situation in Syria due to the victories achieved by the Syrian Arab Army, especially in the city of Aleppo, poses a great opportunity for cooperation between the two countries in various fields and the participation in reconstruction stage as it encourages the return of trade exchange between the two countries to pre-crisis levels.

” In China, we are sympathetic with the Syrian people, who are suffering due to terrorism and backing the peaceful solutions to the crisis in Syria with adherence to the principle of protecting the unity and independence of the state and combating terrorism, which threatens the entire world’s peoples not just the Syrians.” The ambassador concluded.