PM Imran Khan phones Chinese President Xi Jinping

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday held a telephonic conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping in order to demonstrate Pakistan’s unequivocal solidarity with the Chinese leadership and people in the wake of the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

During the conversation, the prime minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences over the precious lives lost due to the outbreak of the virus.

Imran Khan praised the relentless efforts undertaken by China for containing and controlling Coronavirus and underscored that the people and the government of Pakistan stood firmly behind China in its decisive efforts to fight and eliminate the virus.

The prime minister underscored that timely, effective and far-reaching measures undertaken by China were being acknowledged globally.

In addition, the prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s offer to send a field hospital along with a team of doctors to China to help the Chinese people fight the virus.

While underscoring Pakistan’s full trust in the measures being taken by the Chinese authorities, the prime minister expressed complete confidence that the Chinese nation under the inspiring leadership of President Xi Jinping will emerge stronger and victorious in the aftermath of Covid-19.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan also appreciated China’s strong resolve and special measures to look after our nationals during this difficult time. He expressed the confidence that China will continue to take the best possible measures for the welfare of our nationals and students in China.

President Xi Jinping expressed profound gratitude for Pakistan’s support to China at a critical time and underscored that China was taking effective, swift and timely measures to battle Coronavirus. He emphasized that China will win people’s war against Covid-19.

The Chinese president reaffirmed that China is treating Pakistani students “as our own” and will spare no effort in ensuring their safety, health, and well-being.

On bilateral relations, President Xi Jinping underscored China’s commitment to taking the Pakistan-China economic partnership to a new level and stressed that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will continue to be its strongest center-piece.

Both leaders shared their resolve to continue to have communication and exchanges at the highest level to strengthen the Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership and to build closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future in the New Era.

So far more than 74,000 people across the world mostly in China have been infected with Coronavirus which originated in the Chinese City of Wuhan while its death toll has risen to 2,118.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza presided over a meeting in Islamabad, in which he said that there is no patient of Coronavirus in Pakistan so far and all resources are being utilized in preventing citizens from this disease.

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Dr. Zafar Mirza said that the government is ready to deal with any emergency situation regarding Coronavirus in Pakistan. He said that an awareness campaign about prevention from Coronavirus is underway through media while SMS are also being sent to passengers coming from China.

The special assistant said that an integrated strategy of health under the National Action Plan is being implemented and a screening system on 19 points of entry in the Country is being further strengthened.