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“Belt and Road” Initiative Opens More Cooperation Prospects between Syria and China

DAMASCUS-The Second “Belt and Road” Forum (BRF), held in Beijing on April 26 and 27, has been the highest platform for international cooperation within the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative. It aimed at crystallizing international consensus on China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative and mapping the cooperation according to the Syrian News Agency (SANA)

Forty leaders, including 38 heads of state and government, the UN Secretary-General, the Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Syria’s Presidential Political and Media Adviser, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban took part in the forum.

Since its inception in 2013, the “Belt and Road” initiative has received positive support and warm response from the international community.

 Over the last six years, tangible and fruitful achievements have been realized. More than 150 countries and international organizations have signed cooperation agreements with China under the “Belt and Road” initiative. All results of the first session of the Forum were carried out smoothly.

The trade volume between China and the countries participating in the construction of the ” Belt and Road” has exceeded $ 6 trillion, the investment exceeded $ 80 billion and the 82 areas of cooperation between China and the participating countries have created 300,000 jobs for the local communities.

Syria has had Important Position on Silk Road

SANA said that Syria has been of an important position on Silk Road since ancient times through which Chinese products such as silk and porcelain were sold to Western Asia.

The connection between China and Syria dates back to a thousand years ago, where Tadmour (Palmyra) posed an important trade center between the East and the West. Therefore, China and Syria are natural partners and there is a solid foundation and a promising horizon for cooperation between the two countries under the “Belt and Road” due to the historical friendship linking them.

Although the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries still faces some real difficulties resulting from the crisis in Syria, the Chinese side always follows the developments of the situation in Syria and calls upon all parties concerned to achieve peace and security in Syria through the process of the comprehensive political solution.

China to Take Part in Syria’s Economic and Social Reconstruction

Today, the pace of communication between the two countries has gradually returned and great efforts were made to promote economic development in Syria, improve the lives of its people and support its efforts to combat terrorism through numerous humanitarian assistance and training projects provided.

In the future, China will actively participate in the economic and social reconstruction in Syria and make its contribution to the security, happiness and welfare of the Syrian people.