|State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Had a Phone Call with Iranian Foreign Minister to Express Support|
On 28 February, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone call with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Wang noted that China and Iran are comprehensive strategic partners who always support and stand with each other in times of difficulty. When COVID-19 broke out in China, Iran was the first to extend sympathies to China. The concrete actions of Iran speak volumes about the true meaning of solidarity and the friendship between the two countries and two peoples, and will always be remembered by China.
Wang pointed out that the epidemic respects no border. As the epidemic gets more serious in Iran, China truly feels for the country and is deeply saddened by the lives lost to the disease. China would like to express sympathies to the patients and their families and wishes an early recovery of all the infected. China believes that under the leadership of the Iranian government, the people of Iran will unite as one and win the battle against the epidemic. The Chinese people stands firmly with the Iranian people in this trying time. In addition to an emergency donation of nucleic acid testing kits and medical equipment to Iran, China will provide more assistance to the best of its capabilities to meet the needs of Iran, including through cooperation in areas such as epidemic control and medical treatment.
Wang emphasized that both China and Iran are nations with time-honored civilizations. No difficulty whatsoever can defeat the Chinese nation. That is the same for the Iranian people.
Zarif thanked the Chinese side for calling to extend sympathies and support to Iran. As the two countries fight this epidemic together, the friendship between the two countries and peoples will be further strengthened and the Chinese and Iranian people will always stand firmly together. Iran commends China's successful response to the epidemic and thanked China for providing medical supplies and technical support. Iran stands ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China and share experience in fighting COVID-19. Iran has been through more difficult times in the past and will surely overcome this challenge.