Paris (July 21, 2018): France has sent 50 tonnes of humanitarian aid to a government-controlled area, Ghouta near Damascus after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery.
According to international news agency, a Russian cargo plane arrived late Friday in Chateauroux, France to take the aid, including medical supplies and other essential goods, to a Russian military base in northwestern Syria and it will then be transported to eastern Ghouta. Once it will reach Syria, the cargo will be distributed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) with the help of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
According to details, the French aid is worth about €400,000 ($469,000) and it aims to help 500 seriously wounded people and another 15,000 with minor ailments.
#Syrie : Opération humanitaire 🇫🇷-🇷🇺
La France🇫🇷 met à disposition des Nations Unies 50t de matériel médical. La #Russie assurera l’acheminement depuis la France vers la Syrie par avion ✈️.@Elysee – communiqué conjoint 🇫🇷🇷🇺-> https://t.co/qZNYsTc8Cg pic.twitter.com/eN4p6WRijR
— France Diplomatie🇫🇷 ⭐️⭐️ (@francediplo) July 20, 2018
Furthermore, France has received assurances from Russia that the Syrian government will provide all the necessary approvals for the convoy to make the journey to Damascus.
However, Paris expect the aid will nott be used by Syrian authorities for political means.The deal comes after months of talks between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.