Syrian President Arrives in China to Meet With Xi

 / Go to the mediabankSyrian President Bashar al-Assad laying flowers on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia. March 15, 2023. / Go to the mediabankInternationalIndiaAfricaBEIJING (Sputnik) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou on Thursday, kicking off his visit to the country at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. Al-Assad’s plane landed in China at around 05:10 GMT, as broadcast by a Chinese news agency. While in Hangzhou, the Syrian leader is expected to attend the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games, the media reported earlier in the day. In addition to the summit with Xi, al-Assad, who is accompanied on the trip by his wife Asma, will also hold a series of meetings in Shanghai and Beijing, the Syrian presidency stated. WorldAssad: Syria Supports China’s Active Political, Economic Presence Across World29 April, 21:06 GMTThe Syrian delegation headed by al-Assad also includes Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Miqdad, Economic Minister Humam Al-Jazaeri and Presidential Minister Mansour Fadlallah Azzam, as well as the head of the country’s diplomatic institute, Ghassan Nseir. This is al-Assad’s second trip to China and the first since the Syrian conflict began in 2011. The first time the Syrian president visited China was in 2004, after the United States introduced a package of sanctions against Damascus in May of the same year.


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