Wang Yi: China to enhance COVID-19 cooperation with Nigeria, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan

China will continue to support Nigeria, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday.

Wang made the pledges separately to the nations in phone calls with their foreign ministers. 

He told Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama that since the COVID-19 outbreak began, China and Nigeria have been supporting each other and their friendship and mutual trust have been strengthened in jointly combating the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

China will continue to support the West African nation and make COVID-19 vaccines universally available as promised to help countries in Africa and the developing world, the Chinese foreign minister said.

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Nigeria is an influential country and China attaches great importance to the West African nation's role in the international community and views their bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, Wang added.

Onyeama said that Nigeria appreciates the support of the Chinese government and people that reinforced the close ties between the two countries. This long-term friendship can stand the test of time and will not be disturbed by external factors, Onyeama said.

Chinese officials hand over 91,000 U.S. dollars and protective medical supplies to the government of Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub, April 17, 2020. /Xinhua

Chinese officials hand over 91,000 U.S. dollars and protective medical supplies to the government of Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub, April 17, 2020. /Xinhua

In the phone call with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov, Wang also said that China is willing to continuously support Kyrgyzstan on COVID-19 as well as share vaccine research outcomes.

Considering the fallout from the epidemic, China and Kyrgyzstan should flexibly advance their cooperation, Wang said. China is willing to import more agricultural products from Kyrgyzstan that meet its import needs and speed up the restoration of transport services for goods at ports.

Aidarbekov said that his country highly appreciates China's great achievements in fighting the epidemic and is thankful for its selfless help. Kyrgyzstan will continue to unswervingly develop the joint comprehensive strategic partnership and good neighborliness. Kyrgyzstan is willing to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields with China to benefit the two peoples, he added. 

Besides the joint anti-virus efforts, Wang also underlined the priority of peace and stability of the reconciliation process in Afghanistan as it enters a crucial period during his phone call with acting Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar. 

As this year marks the 65th anniversary of their establishment of diplomatic relations, China is willing to promote mutual cooperation with an emphasis on anti-COVID-19 efforts, the Chinese foreign minister said. 

The two countries have established a joint mechanism for epidemic prevention and control and reached a number of consensuses, Wang added.