The Maldivian government has received the first of the Chinese aid shipments to the Maldives by the People’s Government of Yunnan Province of People’s Republic of China who has donated epidemic prevention materials, in support and solidarity of the efforts of the Government of Maldives to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at a special press conference at the Foreign Ministry today, the Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives, Zhang Lizhong said that the aid shipment include some of the things that were requested by the Maldivian government. And the remaining, requested items, are in the process of being managed for delivery.
The Ambassador further assured more assistance and support in this regard.
Maldivian Foreign Minister, Abdulla Shahid also spoke at the ceremony stating that the Maldivians appreciate and accept Chinese aid and the government receives full support of China in their work against the pandemic.
Minister Shahid further emphasized the importance of international cooperation, and maintaining collaborative efforts in controlling and preventing the spread of this pandemic.
The Foreign Minister said that the Maldives is dependent on import from other countries and so could not sustain by isolating itself from the world. And despite the international lock-down, there are no difficulties in receiving the necessary goods for the country.
He also applauded the efforts of the Chinese government, including the local authorities in combating the spread of the virus in China and sharing of expertise and best practices to those countries in need at this time of global distress.
So far 14 people have tested positive for COVID-19 Corona Virus which includes one local and 13 foreigners and nine of them have recovered with treatment in the Maldives.