China thanks Egypt for support at UN Human Rights Council

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday that China and Egypt have always supported each other firmly on issues concerning each other's core interests, and China appreciates Egypt's participation in a joint statement supporting Beijing at the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. 

Wang made the remarks during a phone conversation with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry over bilateral ties and cooperation in vaccine production. 

Facing the COVID-19 pandemic, China has always given priority to Egypt's needs and tried its best to provide vaccine support to Egypt, Wang said. 

A production line in Egypt of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine will begin operation soon, Wang noted. It is the first time that China works with an African country in vaccine production, and the minister said that he hoped the project would proceed smoothly. 

The Chinese side thanks Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi for his recent recorded video to extend congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Wang said.

For his part, Shoukry, on behalf of the Egyptian government and people, once again extended warm congratulations on the anniversary.

Egypt-China relations boast a long history and the two sides share broad common interests, Shoukry said, adding that the two countries have offered firm support to each other on various major issues in a vivid demonstration of their strong ties. 

Egypt attaches great importance to the development of its relations with China and hopes to strengthen bilateral friendly cooperation in various fields, enhance their Belt and Road cooperation, and inject more vitality into the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, he added. 

(With input from Xinhua)

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