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President Xi Jinping Speaks by Phone with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

2020-04-10

On the evening of 10 April, President Xi Jinping spoke with President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro on the phone.

On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi expressed heartfelt sympathies and firm support to the government and people of Venezuela. He said that since the COVID-19 outbreak started, China has acted in an open, transparent and responsible manner to provide timely updates to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the world and to collaborate extensively with the rest of the international community. Guided by the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China has supported and helped other countries in need to the best of its ability.

Xi said that he has been following the outbreak in Venezuela closely and noted the prompt and decisive measures taken by the Venezuelan government that fully demonstrates its strong sense of responsibility for the lives and health of its people. China feels for Venezuela's situation and has provided several batches of medical supplies and sent a high-caliber expert team. China is ready to step up cooperation with Venezuela on outbreak response and continue to offer help.

Xi underscored the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Venezuela and the profound friendship between the two peoples. He expressed China's support for the Venezuelan government and people in safeguarding national sovereignty, maintaining social stability and improving people's livelihood and for the Venezuelan people in finding a development path suited to their national conditions. China will continue to play a constructive role in promoting a political settlement of the situation in Venezuela.

Maduro said that China has scored important achievements in controlling the outbreak and that its successful response offers good experience to Venezuela. China has provided a large amount of assistance to Venezuela and sent an expert team to fight shoulder to shoulder with the Venezuelan people. Such support and help is especially valuable for the Venezuelan people who are facing a difficult time. China's actions have demonstrated to the world the spirit of solidarity and cooperation. On behalf of the people of Venezuela, he saluted and thanked the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government and people. Venezuela will strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China in fighting the virus and support the work of WHO. Venezuela values its comprehensive strategic partnership with China and will continue to work with China to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

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