China, Nepal to boost military ties
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