Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi and the Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kijian on Friday signed an aid protocol provided by the People’s Republic of China to the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The signature ceremony took place during a joint press conference held at the Ministry building.

“The Ministry has received 2,764 tons of Chinese rice to benefit most needy Lebanese people and displaced Syrians in Lebanon across all the Lebanese territories,” Minister Bou Assi said.

Bou Assi pointed out that the rice donation was distributed to 400 associations concerned with orphans, people with special needs, the elderly, vulnerable segments of society and under-privileged families.

The Minister noted that the donation was distributed with the help of the High Relief Commission and the UN Refugee Agency targeting the displaced Syrians.

Ambassador Kijian, for his part, said that the Chinese aid is tantamount to a rice donation to be distributed to the displaced Syrians and the host communities, as part of China’s pledge to provide a batch of emergency humanitarian aid to countries during the Silk Road international cooperation conference.

The Ambassador hailed the speed with which the aid had been shipped, delivered and distributed in a rapid and effective manner, indicating that such a step contributed to alleviating the suffering of the displaced people and the host communities.

The Chinese envoy also hoped that the Syrian crisis would be politically resolved as quickly as possible, stressing continued Chinese assistance to the displaced Syrians.

He also underlined continual cooperation with the Social Affairs Ministry.

Source: National News Agency