China to donate humanitarian aid to syria

Added On February 7, 2017

China has signed an agreement with Syria to provide its government with humanitarian aid worth 16 million U.S. dollars.
The agreements between China and Syria were signed in Damascus on Sunday by Chinese ambassador to Syria, Qi Qianjin, and Syrian diplomatic official Imad Sabuni.
Qi said the delivery of the humanitarian aid will start soon.
The Chinese ambassador expressed happiness for providing the humanitarian aid to Syria, saying China has been committed to providing the war-torn country with aid over the past few years.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): QI QIANJIN, Chinese ambassador to Syria 
"We are very pleased to be about signing this agreement with the ICC to deliver humanitarian aid. In the past years, the Chinese government has remained committed to providing humanitarian aid to Syria and we sympathize with the Syrian people for what has happened to their country. We are signing this agreement with the aim of bolstering friendship between the Chinese and Syrian peoples and to fulfill our international responsibilities."
The Chinese ambassador also highlighted the "positive progress" recently made in Syria, particularly after the battle in the northern city of Aleppo.
The Syrian army succeeded in gaining control over the entire city, after the rebels were driven toward rebel-held areas in the northern part of Syria.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): QI QIANJIN, Chinese ambassador to Syria 
"Syria has witnessed a positive progress, particularly after the Aleppo battle late last year, in terms of the war on terror." 
Qi also expressed optimism about the recent Astana peace talks and the ongoing political efforts to find a solution to the crisis.
The Astana talks saw rebels and the Syrian government meeting face to face for the first time. They agreed on a Russian-Turkish brokered cease-fire. 
He also mentioned the upcoming Syrian talks scheduled to take place in Geneva later this month. Further political solutions are expected to be further discussed.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): QI QIANJIN, Chinese ambassador to Syria 
"We are so glad these efforts are taking good paths, and we hope that 2017 could be the year of the return of peace to Syria." 
China's pledge to aid the peace process in Syria comes amid growing international concern over the conflict in the country and the related migration crisis.