Employees at a factory in Taizhou, Jiangsu province, work around the clock to produce masks to replenish supplies in the fight against the novel coronavirus. (TANG DEHONG / FOR CHINA DAILY)
BEIJING —The foreign ministers of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan expressed their support for and confidence in the Chinese government in its battle against the novel coronavirus epidemic in phone conversations with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said his country is willing to work together with China to combat the novel coronavirus
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said his country is willing to work together with China to combat the novel coronavirus.
Zarif said it has been widely recognized by the international community that the Chinese government, in a responsible and transparent manner, has taken timely and resolute measures in fighting the epidemic, which has prevented not only a deterioration of the outbreak within China, but also its spread overseas.
Iran firmly opposes some Western countries' attempt to exploit the epidemic, and believes that the Chinese government and people will overcome the current difficulties, Zarif said.
He said Iran has provided China with a certain amount of urgently needed medical supplies, and stands ready to offer more assistance and work together with China to combat the epidemic.
On his part, Wang expressed thanks to Iran for supporting China in fighting the epidemic, hailing Zarif as the first foreign minister publicly voicing support for China, which has shown the Iranian people's friendliness towards the Chinese people.
Wang also thanked Iran for providing China with medical supplies at the critical moment of epidemic prevention and control.
Starting from Feb. 1, the number of people discharged from hospital after recovery has started to significantly surpass the number of deaths, an important symbol showing the epidemic is controllable and curable, Wang said.
Wang said that China will continue to share information with the world in an open and transparent manner, and strengthen cooperation with other countries, so as to jointly safeguard global and regional public health safety.
China to 'eventually win the fight’
China will eventually win the fight against the novel coronavirus, said Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
China will eventually win the fight against the novel coronavirus, said Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
Faisal said Saudi Arabia commends China's strong measures to curb the spread of the virus and highly appreciates China's sense of responsibility in the prevention and control of the epidemic.
On his part, Wang thanked Saudi Arabia for its strong support at the critical moment in the fight against the disease, saying that China has set up a nationwide system that has held the Chinese from all walks of life together for an all-out campaign against the epidemic.
Wang said China is capable and confident of protecting the Chinese people's health and safety, and will continue to take effective measures to ensure the working and living conditions of foreign citizens, including Saudi nationals, in China, so as to make due contributions to the cause of international public health.
Chinese govt 'fully capable of combating epidemic'
Sudanese Foreign Minister Asma Mohamed Abdullah said the Chinese government is fully capable of combating the epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus.
The Sudanese foreign minister expressed sincere sympathy and solicitude, on behalf of its government and people, to the Chinese government and people on the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, voicing belief that China will overcome the crisis as soon as possible.
On his part, Wang said that when the Ebola epidemic broke out in Africa, China was the first to send charter flights to deliver emergency relief supplies and the first to dispatch medical teams to help fight the epidemic, which marked an important chapter in friendly relations between China and Africa.
Wang expressed belief that people of all African countries will stand firmly with the Chinese people in the fight against this epidemic.
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