Xi calls for steady implementation of Belarus cooperation projects
militants on Friday, the Iraqi government said in a state- ment.
Salah al-Din is on the border with Nineveh prov-
OUR CORRESPONDENT BEIJING—Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Saturday that China and Belarus should steadily implement the agreed major cooperation projects and enhance coordination of cooperation between the two sides.
During a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, Xi said the development of bilateral relations has gained speed and bilateral cooperation in various fields is enjoying an overall advancement.
The two sides render firm support to each other on issues concerning their respective core interests, Xi said. The Chinese president said both sides should seek to dovetail their development strategies and enhance overall planning and coordination on cooperation projects.
Both sides should focus on the construction of the China-Balerus Industrial Park and deepen cooperation in major projects, so as to boost over- ince where Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul is located. Mosul fell under ISIS control since June 2014.— Agencies all cooperation in trade, investment, finance and sub-national affairs and to push forward the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, Xi said.
The two countries should enhance cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and maintain the momentum of development in bilateral relations and cooperation, said the Chinese president.
For his part, Lukashenko said Belarus has always been China’s reliable friend and he is happy to see that both sides have rendered support to each other on their respective major concerns.
The official was not authorized to discuss the operations publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity. The US military spokesman in Kabul, Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, said US forces “have conducted a limited number of strikes under these new authorities” but it is “too early to quantify the effects achieved.”
The strikes “are only being used where they may help the Afghans achieve a strategic effect,” Cleveland said.
US officials made it clear when they announced the new authority to hit Taliban targets once again that they would only be used in selective operations that were deemed to have a strategic and important effect on the fight. Cook said the strikes “hit their intended targets.—Agencies