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Wang Yi Speaks by Phone with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nabeela Tunis of Sierra Leone

On July 31, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke by phone with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nabeela Tunis of Sierra Leone.

Wang Yi noted, China and Sierra Leone are good friends sharing weal and woe and have always lent firm support to each other. When Ebola broke out in West Africa in 2014, China took the lead in offering help and fought against the virus with its African brothers and sisters side by side. Facing the present COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese and the Sierra Leonean people have once again stayed united and been cooperating and helping each other, hence further consolidated and elevated the friendship and mutual trust between the two countries. For the time being, the global epidemic situation remains grim. The Chinese side is ready to continue to provide the Sierra Leonean side with urgently needed anti-epidemic supplies and technical support and to carry out medical cooperation to fight against the epidemic. The Chinese side is also ready to sign agreement with the Sierra Leonean side as soon as possible on implementing the Debt Service Suspension Initiative within the G20 framework, accelerate bilateral cooperation projects and help the Sierra Leonean side resume work and production and recover the economy. The next year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Sierra Leone. The two sides should well plan for future cooperation and elevate bilateral relations constantly to new highs.

Wang Yi noted, due to the pandemic's impact, the uncertainty of the international situation has become more prominent. Unilateral bullying undermines international solidarity and politicizing the pandemic will only do harm to others and oneself. The Chinese side is willing to work with African countries, including the Sierra Leonean side, to safeguard international laws and the authority of the United Nations, and secure international equity and justice as well as the common interests and legitimate development rights of developing countries.

Nabeela Tunis sincerely appreciated the Chinese side's long-term assistance to Sierra Leone and called the support from China very important. China is a reliable partner. The Sierra Leonean side cherishes the traditional friendship with China and has been consistently supporting the Chinese side's righteous stance. The friendship between Sierra Leone and China enjoys public support. The strong and effective cooperation between the two countries can prevail over any challenge. In recent years, the practical cooperation between both countries has borne fruits and consensuses of the two sides have been actively implemented, both demonstrating the high-level Sierra Leone-China relationship. The Sierra Leonean side is willing to take the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the two countries' diplomatic ties to deepen the bilateral exchanges and cooperation in all areas, and create a new milestone of bilateral relationship.

The two sides also exchanged views on the international and regional issues of common concern.

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