DAMASCUS, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian Health Ministry received a new batch of Chinese medical equipment on Wednesday, the latest in a string of the Chinese aid shipments for Syria to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Testing kits, protective suits, face masks, goggles and infrared thermometers were among this batch of aid presented by the Chinese Embassy in Syria.
The United States has recently imposed new sanctions on Syria under the so-called Caesar Act, which was strongly condemned by Syria as targeting the livelihood of the Syrian people and their wellbeing.
At a handover ceremony held at a branch of the Syrian Health Ministry in the capital Damascus, Ahmad Khleifawi, the assistant health minister, extended the Syrian government's gratitude for China, saying Syria expects ongoing Chinese support for the Syrian people.
Feng Biao, Chinese ambassador to Syria, told reporters that China will show solidarity with the Syrian people and continue to develop friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.
"We will continue to provide aid to the Syrian people to the best of our ability and this indicates the depth and strength of the friendship between the two countries, which will work together to build a strong China-Syria community with a shared future," Feng said.
On June 4, Syria received a similar batch of aid presented by the Chinese embassy to the Syrian Health Ministry.
Earlier, China donated a batch of COVID-19 testing kits to Syria to help its fight against the coronavirus on April 15, and a video-conference was held between Chinese and Syrian medical experts on April 23 for sharing the experience in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Syria has so far recorded 231 COVID-19 cases, including 94 recoveries and seven deaths. Enditem