President al-Assad: What Syria Encounters mainly aims at dividing and striking its Geopolitical Position

19 February 2012
DAMASCUS - President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday discussed with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun the historic friendship relations connecting Syria and China as well as the situation in Syria.

During the meeting, Jun underlined that China's stance on the events in Syria is based on a responsible policy stemming from objectivity, justice and adhering to the international law principles in the interests of the Syrian people, and to restore security and stability in Syria as a main factor for the region's stability.

"China supports the reform process being carried out in Syria and the important steps taken in this regard," Jun said, adding that his country will continue playing its positive and constructive role to find a political settlement for the crisis in Syria through dialogue among all sides concerned in the country away of foreign intervention.

President al-Assad, for his part, appreciated China stances, as leadership and people, regarding Syria.

The President said that what Syria encounters mainly aims at partitioning it, striking its geopolitical position and historic role in the region, underlining that Syria is determined to the political reform process according to a clear schedule and timetable.

Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor Buthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad and the Chinese delegation accompanying Mr. Jun attended the meeting.

In a press statement to journalists following the meeting, the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister said " I exchanged clear and profound viewpoints with President al-Assad about the Syrian issue... China as a friendly country to Syria is following with great concern the developments here.. we are worried about the escalation of crisis in Syria."

"I briefed President al-Assad on China's basic stance image over the Syrian issue, this stance is represented by calling on the Syrian government, armed men and the opposition to an immediate halt of acts of violence against civilians and to restore stability and normal system in Syria as soon as possible because stability and development pour in the interest of all Syrian people... and only under stable conditions, Syria could make comprehensive political reforms, the Chinese official said.   

He added "in another term, China calls for halting acts of violence and calls on all sides in Syria to sit on the dialogue table to reach a comprehensive political plan.

Jun hoped referendum on the new draft constitution and the parliamentary elections would be run in a smooth way, adding that the Chinese experiment indicates that no country could achieve development to its  people in the absence of stability.

He stressed that his country's objective and just stance over the crisis in Syria stems from the basic interest of the Syrian people, saying "China has no selfish intentions in this issue."

In the same context, Minister al-Moallem met the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister and the accompanying delegation.

© SANA (Syria Arab News Agency) 2012