Beijing envoy welcomes Saudi Arabia’s help in virus fight

Chen Weiqing, the Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia. (Photo/Twitter)
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Updated 05 February 2020

Beijing envoy welcomes Saudi Arabia’s help in virus fight

  • Saudi Arabia flew 10 students from Wuhan, the center of the epidemic, back to Riyadh, with China “providing full support and facilitation”

RIYADH: China has praised Saudi Arabia for its help in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, saying the Kingdom had offered “great moral and material support” in the wake of the health crisis.
“Since the outbreak of the epidemic, Saudi Arabia has been of great support to China,” Chen Weiqing, the Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom, told Arab News.
A Cabinet meeting last week chaired by King Salman expressed the Kingdom’s concern for China’s welfare, while Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan phoned his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to reiterate the Kingdom’s support.
“I extend my appreciation and gratitude to King Salman, and the Saudi government and people,” the envoy said.
The Chinese ambassador said many countries, including Egypt, “offered us moral and material support to contain the coronavirus epidemic, and we are grateful for all forms of valuable support.”

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, Saudi Arabia has been of great support to China.

Chen Weiqing Chinese ambassador

Saudi Arabia flew 10 students from Wuhan, the center of the epidemic, back to Riyadh, with China “providing full support and facilitation,” according to the envoy.
“For those who decide to stay in China, we will spare no effort to safeguard the life and health of foreign nationals, including our Saudi friends, and take effective measures to address their concerns and needs in a timely manner,” Chen said.
“China has the confidence and ability to control the epidemic in the near future, with lower costs. We welcome our Saudi friends to China for education, business and tourism after the virus is contained. The outlook for the Chinese economy remains steady and positive, and China-Saudi cooperation will not to be affected in the long term.”
Preliminary tests on the 10 Saudi students showed no signs of viral infection.
The envoy said he planned to invite the students to the Chinese Embassy after their two-week quarantine was complete.


MWL, UPEACE join hands to promote peace, civilized dialogue

Updated 22 min 43 sec ago

MWL, UPEACE join hands to promote peace, civilized dialogue

RIYADH: The Muslim World League (MWL) and the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) have launched a book dedicated to the promotion of peace, human rights, and dialogue among civilizations.

The work, co-authored by 32 leading religious, international, political, intellectual, and media figures from around the world, was launched in Jeddah to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary and 100 years of multilateralism.

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL, said: “I have always said that 10 percent of humans are capable of bringing peace and harmony to our world.

“Religious leaders and public and private institutions, including international institutions, have a responsibility to contribute effectively to achieving our common aspirations.

“A civilized alliance must be reached that represents the reality of understanding, tolerance, and cooperation of all, as well as promoting awareness of the fact that God has established the principles of difference, diversity, and pluralism.”

Al-Issa added: “History has given us lessons and sermons that prove that there is no victor in civilizational clashes and conflicts, which means that ideas can only be communicated through wisdom and mutual respect.”

Alvaro Iranzo Gutierrez, the Spanish ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said Spain had also tried to play a role in international efforts aimed at providing a structure for dialogue between communities and religions.

He pointed out that the book’s research, coordinated by UPEACE and the MWL, provided “the necessary and comprehensive intellectual refutation of all the negatives in order to rise above the perceptions of the past that highlights divisions.”

Francisco J. Chacon Hernandez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the UAE and Jordan, congratulated the MWL and UPEACE on the “inspiring” work that he said would help pave the way for peace.