President Maada Bio with Amb. Hu Zhangliang
Chinese Ambassador Hu Zhangliang has told journalists that China and Sierra Leones joint fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to help lift their relations to a higher level, better benefiting the two peoples.
Noting that the novel coronavirus pandemic stands as a grim crisis and test for the world, and for China and Sierra Leone, in the face of the outbreak, have firmly stood together, supporting each other and joining hands in the fight.
He said Sierra Leone delivered invaluable support to China in the early days of its epidemic fight, and China, who empathized with them when they were hit by the virus, took the lead in providing support and anti-epidemic supplies as well as in sharing the experience in virus prevention and control so as to help improve their anti-coronavirus work.
The Chinese Ambassador said that he has been in touch with Sierra Leonean officials regularly for strengthening the support to both countries, adding that China is stepping up the implementation of related measures, and will continue to do what it can to help Sierra Leone beat the virus and restore economic and social development.
“I believe that the normal life and work of Chinese nationals and operations of Chinese enterprises in Sierra Leone will continue to be guarantee by the Sierra Leonean side, as more Chinese companies will want to come and invest post coronavirus.”
Amb. Hu stressed that in recent years, the friendly and cooperative relations between China and Sierra Leone have maintained a good momentum, and they have supported each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests and major concerns.
Although the pandemic has brought difficulties to face-to-face bilateral exchanges, the solidarity and cooperation between China and Sierra Leone have been advancing, Hu said, adding that China stands ready to work with Sierra Leone to tide over the difficulties, implement the outcomes of the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19, and figure out flexible and diverse ways to steadily advance bilateral cooperation while striving to bring the COVID-19 outbreak under control.
“The two countries should step up coordination and cooperation to firmly defend international fairness and justice, uphold multilateralism, and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.”
He added that he believes the two countries’ joint fight against the pandemic will help lift China-Sierra Leone relations to a higher level, better benefiting the two peoples.
“China highly values its friendship with Sierra Leone and is grateful for Sierra Leone’s enormous and precious help to my country’s political and economic support over the years.”
Amb. Hu averred that China is a great friend of the Sierra Leonean people, and they will continue to firmly stand together with Sierra Leone on issues regarding its core interests, staying committed to its policies.
Amb Hu said he has spoken with the President and ministers who are looking forward to more investment from China as they work together and work to strengthen bilateral cooperation and safeguard the common interests of both countries.