A Belarusian aircraft loaded with 40 tons of food supplies arrived at Damascus International Airport on Wednesday, as a gift from the Belarusian people and government to the people of Syria.
Representatives of the Belarusian Ministry for Emergency Situations turned the supplies over to the Relief Subcommittee at Damascus Governorate and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, with the aid to be distributed to people affected by terrorism and displaced people in temporary housing centers.
The Belarusian Ambassador in Damascus, Alexander Ponomarev, said this is the first shipment of aid his country intends to provide to displaced people in Syria, lauding the excellent coordination with the Syrian government.
Ponomarev added that Belarus’ support to Syria will not be limited to relief efforts, claiming it will support Syria in fighting terrorism and extremism, noting that several joint projects in the fields of economy and local administration are underway.
Damascus Governor Hussein Makhlouf responded to the gesture by expressing satisfaction over Belarus’ desire to participate in reconstruction in Syria.
Ponomarev and Makhlouf also visited a temporary housing center in Herjalleh, which houses around 263 families from the Ghouta area in the countryside of Damascus. The officials spoke to residents in the housing center, with Ponomarev voicing his empathy with the Syrian people, especially for those who lost loved ones.