Chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee Zhao Leji (R) shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Beijing, China, September 25, 2023. /Xinhua
China and Syria on Monday vowed to strengthen cooperation and push for new development of their bilateral ties during a meeting between China's top legislator Zhao Leji and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Beijing.
Zhao, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, told Assad that China is ready to work with Syria to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, deepen friendly cooperation, safeguard common interests and push for new and greater development of China-Syria strategic partnership.
Zhao discussed China's concept of building a community with a shared future for humanity, saying that the NPC is willing to work with the Syrian People's Assembly to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between legislative bodies at all levels and contribute to consolidating the traditional friendship and promoting practical cooperation between the two countries.
Assad, who is in the capital city following his three-day visit to the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, said China's development is the growth of the force for justice in the world, and that he expects China to play a greater role in promoting world peace, justice and progress.
Syria is willing to strengthen bilateral cooperation and push bilateral relations to a new level, he said.
(With input from Xinhua)