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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma al-Assad, will visit China on Thursday, in response to an official invitation from the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
Presidents Al-Assad and Xi Jinping are holding a Syrian-Chinese summit.
The visit also includes a number of meetings and events that Al-Assad will hold in the cities of Khangu and Beijing.
China is considered one of the countries allied with Damascus, and has provided it with support, especially in international forums and the UN Security Council, where it has repeatedly abstained from voting for resolutions that are not in the interest of Damascus.
Al-Assad's visit to China is the first by a Syrian president since 2004. China is also the third non-Arab country that Al-Assad has visited during the years of ongoing conflict in his country since 2011.
Chinese officials visited Damascus during the crisis, including the Chinese Foreign Minister, who met with Assad in the Syrian capital in 2021, and also held a video meeting in 2022 with his Syrian counterpart, Faisal al-Miqdad. The late Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem visited Beijing in 2019.
This year witnessed changes in the Syrian diplomatic arena, represented by Damascus resuming its relationship with several Arab countries, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, regaining its seat in the League of Arab States, and then the Syrian President’s participation in the Arab Summit in Jeddah in May.
Diplomatic transformations accelerated on the Arab scene after a surprising Chinese-brokered agreement announced in March, which resulted in the resumption of relations that were severed between Saudi Arabia and Iran, an ally of Damascus.