Top Chinese political advisor wraps up visit to Syria

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Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin wrapped up his official visit to Syria on Tuesday.

During his stay in Syria, Jia, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative conference (CPPCC) National Committee, vowed to promote political, economic ties and people-to-people contact with Syria.

"China attaches great importance to the friendly ties with Syria," he said, hailing the development of ties between the two countries.

Jia held talks on Sunday with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Vice Chairman of the National Progressive Front Suleiman Kaddah, Prime Minister Muhammad Naji Otri and President of People's Assembly Mahmoud Abrash.

The senior Chinese official described Syria on Saturday as an important trade and economic partner of China in West Asia, urging Chinese companies to increase their investment projects in Syria.

On Monday, Jia visited the Golan Heights partially occupied by Israel since 1967. He confirmed China's support for Syria's efforts to resume its exercise of sovereignty over the occupied parts of Golan.

Syrian officials, in their turn, stressed their country's support for China's core interests, appreciating the Chinese stance of supporting Arab issues.

Chinese-Syrian trade surged from 220 million U.S. dollars in 2001 to 2.2 billion dollars last year, according to China's Ministry of Commerce.

Jia arrived here on Friday for a five-day visit, the first of a Chinese CPPCC chairman to the country. Syria is the first leg of Jia's four-nation tour, which will also take him to Poland, Oman and Kazakhstan.

Source: Xinhua


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