ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi briefly discussed the impacts of coronovirus outbreaks along with the areas affected by it in a telephone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Xi on Friday.
Chinese FM Xi taught Qureshi about the areas affected and the security measures taken by the government to prevent the deadly virus. He said the World Health Organization (WHO) has commended the efforts of the Chinese government in the battle against coronavirus. He added that their government is making everything easier for the Pakistani community as its own citizens.
He told the FM they are using all the resources to protect the Chinese students from Pakistan. About 500 Pakistanis study in various Wuhan universities, which is in current lockdown, while the total number of Pakistani nationals in China varies from 28,000 to 30,000–most of them students.
FM Qureshi expressed gratitude to the Chinese authorities for tackling the epidemic and helping Pakistanis, especially students. He said Pakistan’s people and government will support China in this difficult time.
At least 213 people have died, and the current coronavirus has infected nearly 10,000 people in China, while new cases have been reported worldwide, with more than 20 countries now affected by the disease.
The UN World Health Organization has declared the outbreak to be a global health emergency, but has said it does not recommend any international trade or travel restrictions, and has urged countries hit to rethink such measures.
On January 30 Foreign Office announced that Pakistan’s citizens and leadership stand by the Chinese people and leadership in their valiant efforts to curb the coronavirus.
Pakistan praised China for taking fast, comprehensive, and effective measures to contain the outbreak at a scale unparalleled in dealing with such a threat. “The top Chinese leadership was monitoring efforts to control the disease,” FO spokeswoman said.
A notification by the FO read: “For our part, we stand ready to extend every possible assistance to our Chinese brethren to help deal with the aftermath of coronavirus. We are also extremely thankful to the Chinese government for extending best possible assistance to Pakistani nationals in China. We have no doubt that the brotherly Chinese people will overcome this challenge with their characteristic strength and resilience.”