Damascus, SANA – Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs, Local Administration Minister Omar Ghalawanji discussed with China’s Ambassador in Damascus Wang Kejian on Wednesday means to enhance cooperation between the two countries in all sectors.
Ghalawanji expressed his appreciation of China’s supportive stances towards the Syrian people and government, stressing the need to cooperate with china to alleviate the Syrians’ suffering due to the current crisis.
He called on China to support the Syrian government’s efforts in the fields of relief, humanitarian work, and reconstruction.
In turn, the Chinese Ambassador expressed his country’s readiness to set up basis for current and future cooperation between Syria and China in the relief and aid sector.
He pointed out that 4,000 tons of food substances will be sent to Syria directly after coordinating with the Higher Committee for Relief to specify the quality of those substances.
In the same context, Higher Education Minister Mohammed Amer Mardini discussed with Ambassador Wang Kejian the prospects of scientific and cultural cooperation between Syria and China and means to develop it.
The Minister affirmed the importance of activating the executive program for cultural agreement through increasing the exchange of scholarships and scientific expertise as well as supporting the Syrian project for building capabilities and increasing investment in this sector in light of the talks held by Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem during his recent visit to China, which culminated in increasing the number of scholarships offered to Syria to 80.
For his part, the Ambassador stressed the importance of enhancing relations between the two countries in all sectors and setting up scientific cooperation between Syrian and Chinese universities, hoping that the crisis in Syria will be resolved soon and that security and stability will return to all Syrian areas.
Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh