Al-Moallem Meets Chinese Vice President, Stresses Syria, China in the Same Trench against US Sanctions

BEIJING, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem has stressed that Syria and China are in the same trench against the sanctions imposed by the United States on the peoples of the two countries, reiterating Syria's full support for Beijing's stances in this regard.

Al-Moallem made the remarks on Monday during a meeting with the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China Wang Qishan in Beijing.

The historical relations between the two countries and the need to enhance coordination and cooperation at all levels, besides the situation in Syria, were the focus of the meeting.

Al-Moallem said that Syria is willing to consolidate its relations with China in all domains including in economy as to match the strategic relations linking the two countries and which are a real translation of President Bashar Al-Assad’s directives on shifting Syria's relations eastward.

 He thanked China over its political support for Syria at international forums and over the humanitarian assistance the Chinese government and people have provided for Syria as to contributed to enhancing the steadfastness of the Syrian people over the years of the crisis.

He expressed the Syrian people's admiration over the Chinese people's achievements and contributions to human civilization, most recent of which is the "One Belt One Road" initiative announced by the Chinese president. He affirmed that Syria is interested in cooperation with China within the framework of this initiative, particularly because the Silk Road was historically launched and started from the Syrian historical city of Palmyra.

He renewed Syria's call on China to take part, through its establishments and companies, in the process of reconstructing what the terrorist war on Syria has destroyed.

China committed to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity

On his part, the Chinese Vice President welcomed al-Moallem's visit which reflects the two countries keenness on strengthening bilateral ties, noting the deep-rooted civilization of both countries and their key role in building human civilization.

He reiterated his country's support for Syria at international forums and organizations and stressed that China is committed to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity in accordance with the UN Charter as well as the rules of international law and international relations.

He also reiterated China's complete rejection of foreign interference by any country in the Syrian internal affairs.

Al-Moallem and the accompanying delegation arrived in Beijing Sunday evening  in an official visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Hamda Mustafa