|Wang Yi Had a Phone Call with Italian Foreign Minister to Express Sympathy|
On 28 February, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone call with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.
Wang Yi said that many countries are now fighting against COVID-19. Virus is a common enemy of humanity and calls for collective response from the international community.
Wang Yi thanked the Italian side for its friendship with and support for China since the outbreak, which China will always keep in mind. To date, China has been at the forefront of the fight against the epidemic. With our strenuous efforts, it has been effectively brought under control. The WHO delegation highly commended China's prevention and control measures after its field visit to China. The delegation believed that China's mobilization of the whole nation and unprecedented measures not only stemmed the spread of the epidemic in China, but also prevented its spread at a large scale across the world. At the same time, it believed that China has offered valuable experience for the international community to battle against the epidemic. China is confident and capable to defeat it at an early date.
Wang Yi noted that northern Italy was lately hit by COVID-19. China feels for what the Italian people are going through and expresses its sincere sympathy. China is ready to offer help to Italy as its ability allows according to what the Italian side needs. We are ready to improve professional communication, conduct cooperation in remote medical treatment, anti-viral drugs and vaccine research and development and exchange our experience and technologies in epidemic prevention and control. China is also ready to strengthen unity with countries along the Belt and Road through this joint combat against the outbreak and move towards a Health Silk Road through shared efforts.
Luigi Di Maio expressed gratitude to China for its sympathy and support for Italy's epidemic prevention and control. This fully shows the traditional friendship between the two peoples. Facing the epidemic, the international community should join hands, step up cooperation and rise to the challenge together. Di Maio briefed Wang on Italy's situation of epidemic prevention and control. He said the Italian government is taking forceful measures to battle the spread of the outbreak. It stands ready to enhance communication and cooperation with China and intensify information communication between health authorities of the two countries. Italy values and supports the Belt and Road Initiative and at this difficult time countries along the routes should overcome the challenge together through greater unity and cooperation.