Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung handed over medical equipment worth US$500,000 to Chinese Ambassador Xiong Bo to support China’s fight against the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
|Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung (R) hands over the assistance to Chinese Ambassador Xiong Bo at the ceremony at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 9 (Photo: VNA)
The handover ceremony was held at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 9. Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung said the items demonstrate the Vietnamese Party, Government and people’s solidarity with and wish to share the difficulties facing the Chinese Party, Government and people amid the 2019-nCoV outbreak.
He added that the equipment and supplies are of the best of their kinds in Vietnam, even when the country also has high demand for these items.
Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung noted that Vietnam highly values the Chinese Party and Government leaders’ timely directions, as well as enormous efforts by local authorities and people of China, in the fight against nCoV. It believes that China will soon put the epidemic under control.
He also affirmed that Vietnam is taking drastic measures to contain the epidemic and protect people’s health, and as ASEAN Chair in 2020, is actively working and sharing information, experience and research findings with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries; and promoting ASEAN’s common efforts to stand side by side with China and other nations in the fight against the epidemic.
For his part, Ambassador Xiong Bo appreciated the precious assistance provided by the Vietnamese Party, Government and people, describing the medical equipment and supplies as both material and spiritual support for the Chinese people during this trying time.
He once again thanked Vietnamese leaders for sending their sympathies to their Chinese counterparts, the Vietnam Red Cross Society for raising donations, and northern border provinces for helping Chinese localities tackle nCoV.
On this occasion, the Vietnam Red Cross Society also donated medical supplies worth $100,000 to China. Later the same day, a Vietnam Airlines' flight carrying the medical equipment departed for Wuhan.
By Thien Minh