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President Xi Jinping Speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the Phone

2020-04-27

On the evening of 27 April, President Xi Jinping had a phone call with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi extended heartfelt sympathies and firm support to the Iranian government and people in the fight against COVID-19. Xi pointed out that the solidarity and mutual assistance between China and Iran in the face of the disease fully demonstrate the profound friendship between the two countries and peoples.

Stressing that the Chinese people feel deeply for the Iranian people who are battling the virus, Xi noted that China has provided batches of medical supplies in support of Iran's response, and that Iran is the first country to receive Chinese medical expert teams. China will continue to enhance cooperation with Iran, including by sharing containment experience and providing further assistance to the best of its ability. Xi expressed confidence that under the leadership of President Rouhani, the Iranian people will have an early victory against the disease.

Xi underscored that confronted with this major global public health emergency, only by enhancing coordination and cooperation can the international community forge strong synergy needed to defeat COVID-19. Unilateral sanctions undermine the efforts of Iran and the international community to tackle the virus. China is firmly committed to growing its comprehensive strategic partnership with Iran and strongly supports Iran in safeguarding its national sovereignty and dignity. China stands ready to work with Iran and other members of the international community in closer cooperation to strive for the final victory over COVID-19 and contribute to global public health security.

Rouhani said that he is heartened by China's successful control of the COVID-19 situation and countries could draw from China's experience. In the face of the virus, Iran and China have supported each other and the friendship between the two peoples has grown deeper. Iran is grateful for China's timely provision of valuable supplies in support of its people's fight against the disease and looks forward to strengthening health cooperation and further growing its bilateral strategic partnership with China. Given the current situation, the illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran should be lifted immediately. Iran hopes to work with all countries to uphold multilateralism to safeguard equity and justice in the world, as well as Iran's legitimate rights and interests.

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