LATAKIA: China today delivered total of 1,000 tonnes of rice to Syria’s northwestern city of Latakia, China’s Xinhua news agency reported the Chinese Embassy in Damascus.
The donation was part of a larger supplies aid to be delivered to the war-torn country in batches in the near future.
The statement said the 1,000 tonnes of rice is part of 5,404 tonnes of rice China is pledging to deliver in the near future. “China is working hand in hand with the Syrian side to secure the rice to be delivered to the Syrian people as soon as possible,” the statement read.
A delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Damascus visited on Monday the port of the coastal city of Latakia in northwestern Syria, where the first shipment arrived. Ibrahim Khudr Salem, governor of Latakia, escorted the delegation to the port of Latakia, expressing gratitude for the Chinese food aid.
“Thanks for the aid donated by China and for the supportive stance of the Chinese government and people to the Syrian people in their confrontation of terrorism and the regional schemes to divide Syria,” Khudr said.
For his part, the Chinese Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin told Xinhua that China aimed to help the Syrian people in the difficult time the country is passing through.
“We would like, through this food aid, to help the Syrian people in the difficult time of war and this food aid is a clear sign of the firm relations and friendship between the governments and peoples of China and Syria and we will continue to offer all humanitarian and economic help to the Syrian people,” the ambassador said.