|President Xi Jinping Speaks with Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on the Phone|
On the evening of 27 April, President Xi Jinping spoke by phone with President Bidhya Devi Bhandari of Nepal.
Xi said that facing the sudden attack of COVID-19, the Chinese people have taken effective measures in line with China's national conditions, and thanks to our strenuous efforts, we have emerged from the most challenging time. Yet, we remain soberly aware of the situation and are well prepared for responding to changes in the external environment for a long time to come. While making all-out efforts to ensure sound disease control and prevention, we are proactively restoring normalcy in economic and social development. We have every confidence that China's economic fundamentals underpinning long-term growth remain solid.
Xi stressed that at the most demanding stage of China's fight against COVID-19, the Nepalese government and people gave firm support to China, demonstrating the deep friendship of the Nepalese people toward the Chinese people. China has been following the COVID-19 situation in Nepal and will continue to firmly support Nepal in battling the disease. The health institutions of the two countries may strengthen exchanges and cooperation.
Xi expressed confidence that under the leadership of President Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, the Nepalese government and people will beat the virus at an early date. He said that after the defeat of COVID-19, the two sides should continue to implement the consensus on cooperation in various fields reached by the two leaders during their mutual visits last year, and advance the sustained growth of the China-Nepal strategic partnership of cooperation.
Xi stressed that given the unprecedented challenges brought by COVID-19, the international community, more than ever before, should stay committed to solidarity and cooperation, and uphold multilateralism and international justice. Guided by the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China will actively engage in international cooperation against the virus, and support the World Health Organization in playing its leading role.
Bhandari commended that under the able leadership of President Xi, the Chinese government has contained the spread of the virus at home through timely, decisive and effective response measures, and actively facilitated and enhanced international cooperation against the disease. Nepal applauds what China has done, and believes that China's experience will boost other countries' confidence in prevailing over the virus. She noted that the Nepalese people still cherish fond memories of President Xi's successful state visit to Nepal last year, a visit that has ushered in a new era for China-Nepal relations. She extended Nepal's deep appreciation for the much needed medical supplies from China and stressed its commitment to step up cooperation with China in cross-border railway and other areas. She expressed the confidence that after the COVID-19 problem is over, the Nepal-China friendship will be even more unbreakable and the cooperation between the two countries more fruitful. Nepal stands ready to work with China to advance the Belt and Road cooperation, and build a community with a shared future for mankind.