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China to provide more aid to Syria, president says

BEJJING, Jan. 19 (Press Shia) – China will allocate an additional 200 million yuan (around $29.3 million) in humanitarian aid to Syria, Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced.

The aid will be used to help Syrian refugees and all those who have lost their homes as a result of the internal conflict in Syria, Xi Jinping said on Wednesday at the UN Office in Geneva, as quoted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

In late December, Chinese Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin said that China planned to continue providing humanitarian and political support to civil-war-torn Syria.

Chinese Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Wu Haitao, stressed last month that China was calling on the international community to seek political settlement of the Syrian conflict as well as to fight terrorism and provide the Syrian people with humanitarian aid.

Syrian government forces have been fighting against multiple opposition and terrorist groups, including ISIL and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front. The Syrian war has been ongoing since 2011.
SPUTNIK/Press Shia