DAMASCUS, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that he hopes to further bilateral ties with China
under the circumstances of the global economic crisis.
He made the remarks when meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Damascus. Assad said China is an important force inthe world arena, and Syria appreciates China's just stance on the issue of Golan Height.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Damascus, April 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Gong Zhenxi)
He said Syria-China relations have witnessed sound
development, expressing hopes to step up cooperation with China in trade,
tourism and other fields, so as to push ahead the bilateral ties.
He reiterated that Syria will give firm support to
China on Taiwan issue.
On the Middle East peace process, Assad said Syria appreciates China's positive efforts in pushing forward the peace process and is willing to make joint efforts with China to help advance the process.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (R) and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Damascus, April 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Meng)
Yang said the Chinese government attaches importance
to the traditional friendship with Syria and is willing to join hands with Syria
in promoting various cooperation between the two countries.
China will continue to back Syria on its just cause
of safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity and hopes that Syria
would realize its territorial unification in accordance with relevant UN
resolutions, Yang said.
China hopes to expand friendly exchanges and
cooperation with Syria and will continue to promote bilateral trade, investment
and other pragmatic cooperation in energy, telecommunication and tourism, he
China will strengthen contacts and coordination with
Syria in international and regional issues, and play a constructive role in help
realize comprehensive, just and enduring peace across the Middle East region, he
Earlier on Sunday, Yang also held talks with his
Syrian counterpart Walid Mualem, and they exchanged views on bilateral
relations, and other major international and regional issues of common