Syria, China Hold Talks on Efforts to Achieve Progress in Process of Finding Political Settlement in Syria

BEIJING, (ST)- Syria's Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem and the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday held an official round of talks in Beijing on ways to enhance bilateral ties to the level of strategic relations. The two sides exchanged view points on developments in Syria and the region, current efforts to achieve progress in the process of finding political solution to the crisis in Syria in parallel with the fight against all forms of terrorism, including the economic terrorism being practiced by the United States and a number of its allies on the Syrian and Chinese peoples.

Al-Moallem said that Syria seeks upgrading relations with China to the level of partnership, pointing out that President Bashar Al-Assad's vision to shift Syria's relations eastward and President Xi Jinping's "Belt and Road" Initiative are key frameworks to reach the hoped-for partnership between the two countries.

He expressed Syria's appreciation over the key role being played by China in the international arena to help Syria confront the terrorist war and the economic sanctions. He also hailed China's important role in building societies, pointing out that the war on Syria has taken a different form based on siege, economic sanctions and terrorist threats.

New Terror Rocket Attack on Hadid Village in Hama Northern Countryside Burns Agricultural Fields

HAMA, (ST)- In a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement, the terrorist groups newly fired rockets on Sheikh Hadid village in Hama northern countryside, targeting the locals' properties and agricultural lands.

SANA reporter said that the terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and "al-Izza Brigades" terror groups which have positions in the towns of Latamneh and Kfar Zeita fired on Monday 15 rockets against locals' houses and agricultural lands in Sheikh Hadid village, to the north of the city of Mhardeh in Hama northern Countryside.

The reporter pointed out that the rocket attacks caused material damage to citizens' houses and properties and led fires to erupt in crops.

Work Underway to Facilitate Safe Return of Displaced Syrians to Their Homeland: Social Affairs Minister

GENEVA, (ST)- Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Rima Qaderi has stressed that the ministry will continue to tackle the terrorist war's repercussions on the Syrian people as well as on the Syrian economic and social infrastructure, job market and human resources and will keep working to enhance elements of socio-economic stability in Syria.

In a statement at the 108th session of the International Labour Conference, Qaderi said that work is underway to facilitate the safe return of the displaced Syrian citizens, who were forced to leave their homeland because of terrorism. She added that the return of the displaced citizens will form a solid ground for restoring development tracks with the effective and productive participation of all the Syrians and within a suitable and motivating work environment where job opportunities are available to all.

Syria, China Seek Enhancing Dialogue to Give Impetus to Reconstruction Process in Syria

BEIJING, (ST)- President  of Shanghai International Studies University Li Yansong has stressed that China and Syria are partners who seek achieving mutual benefit particularly within the framework of jointly building the "Belt and Road".

In a speech during the opening of a course organized by the Arab-Chinese Studies Center  for Reform and Development, Yangsong said that the course aims to build a platform to enhance dialogue and interactions between Syrian and China in order to give impetus to the reconstruction process in Syria.

12 Civilians Martyred, 15 Others Wounded in Terrorist Rocket Attacks on al-Wdeihi Village in Aleppo Countryside

ALEPPO, (ST)- Twelve civilians were martyred and fifteen others were wounded in terrorist groups' rocket attacks against al-Wdeihi village in Aleppo Southern Countryside, according to SANA reporter.

The reporter said that terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization that have positions in Aleppo western countryside from the direction of the towns of Khan Toman and al-Rashideen, attacked houses in al-Wdeihi village in Syria's Aleppo southern countryside, claiming the lives of 12 civilians and wounding 15 others, besides causing material damage to citizens' houses and properties.