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China to deliver committed humanitarian aids to Syria soon: diplomat

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-03-31 03:22
GENEVA -- China is now holding discussions with related countries and international organizations in order to deliver the committed humanitarian aids to the Syrian people as soon as possible, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday.

Speaking on Wednesday's United Nations (UN) high-level meeting on Global Responsibility Sharing for Syrian Refugees, Fu Cong, deputy head of the Chinese Mission to the UN at Geneva, said that through various UN agencies, China has so far provided 685 million RMB ($106 million) of humanitarian aids to Syria and the neighboring countries.

In addition, Fu said, while attending the G20 summit last November, Chinese President Xi Jinping also pledged 100 million dollars of humanitarian aid to various countries and international organizations.

According to the Chinese diplomat, this includes 2 million dollars to agencies like UNHCR, WTO and WFP respectively, and 500,000 dollars to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Fu added that during the visit to the Middle East this year, President Xi also announced 230 million RMB ($36 million) of humanitarian assistance to Syria and other regional countries.

Fu noted that just last month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced in London that China will provide 10,000 tons of food assistance to help overcome the food shortages in Syria and the region.

"The most urgent thing for the Syria refugees now is to provide them supports to protect their rights of survival, security and dignity. At the same time, the Syrian refugee problem should not be treated isolated, and the international community must seriously consider the root causes of the Syrian crisis," Fu noted.

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