China, Nepal to boost mil­i­tary ties

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

The visit of Rus­sia’s Defense Min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu comes af­ter Moscow’s pledge to step up its air strikes against rebel forces in and around Aleppo.

Tehran has pro­vided Da­m­as­cus with mil­i­tary and fi­nan­cial sup­port ever since the up­ris­ing against the As­sad regime erupted more than five years ago.

As­sad’s po­si­tion in the bat­tle field re­ceived a ma­jor boost af­ter Moscow in­ter­vened to help last Septem­ber. Rus­sian forces helped gov­ern­ment troops re­cap­ture the famed an­cient city of Palmyra in March and are now back­ing a push to­wards Syria’s largest dam at Tabqa in the Euphrates Val­ley.—Agencies BEI­JING—Se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cials from China and Nepal agreed on Fri­day to fur­ther strengthen mil­i­tary ties be­tween the two coun­tries. Ad­mi­ral Sun Jian­guo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff De­part­ment of China’s Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, and Chief of the Army Staff of the Nepalese Army Ra­jen­dra Ch­hetri dis­cussed mil­i­tary-to-mil­i­tary ties and bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

The Nepalese side has ex­pressed be­lief that the meet­ing was help­ful to fur­ther strengthen the mil­i­tary ties be­tween China and Nepal, the Nepalese Army said in a state­ment. Ad­mi­ral Sun, who ar­rived here on Mon­day, had met with Nepalese Defense Min­is­ter Bhim Rawal. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the two sides pledged to en­hance defense co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Nepal.—Xin­hua regime in 2012, a Red Cres­cent of­fi­cial told AFP.

“Nine lor­ries are cur­rently be­ing un­loaded in Daraya. They are car­ry­ing food aid, in­clud­ing dry goods and flour, non-food aid as well as medical aid,” said Ta­mam Mehrez, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor of the Syr­ian Red Cres­cent.

The aid de­liv­ered would be suf­fi­cient for one month, Mehrez added, with­out spec­i­fy­ing how many peo­ple would ben­e­fit.—Agencies

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