Syrian government praises China as 'non-colonisers'

Syrian government envoy Bouthaina Shaaban with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Credit: China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC / Reuters

A Syrian government envoy praised China and Russia on their stance towards the 17-month conflict that has killed more than 18,000 people.

In an interview with the state-run China Daily Bouthaina Shaaban said she was happy to give officials a "real picture" of the crisis in the country. She said:

"We're happy to see countries like China and Russia, who are not colonizers or deal with people as colonisers [...] a very different stance from the West."