|Press Release by Embassy of China in Cyprus: Progress of China's Donation of Medical Supplies to Cyprus|
In the morning of April 11, the 2nd batch of China's donation of medical supplies arrived at Larnaca via a Cypriot chartered flight along with other procured goods of Cyprus. This batch of medical supplies include 20,600 FFP2 masks, 110,000 disposable medical masks, 30,000 non-medical masks and 500 non-medical protective coveralls donated by the Embassy of China in Cyprus, Chinese companies and sister cities.
Next week, the 3rd batch of China's donation, including 5,000 protective coveralls, 417 sets of test kits (for 10,008 persons) and 10,000 N95 masks which belong to the official aid from the Chinese government to the government of Cyprus, along with 50,000 disposable medical masks donated by sister city will be transported to Cyprus onboard anther Cypriot charter flight.
On April 13, Ambassador Huang Xingyuan and Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides will attend the handover ceremony of China's donation to Cyprus at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia.
On April 2, China handed over the 1st batch of medical supplies to Cyprus, including 1,320 protective coveralls, 5,000 KN95 masks, and 5000 disposable medical masks donated by the Embassy of China in Cyprus and Chinese companies. In the past two weeks, the Embassy of China in Cyprus has made or is making free provisions of over 14,000 disposable medical and non-medical masks to the municipality of Pafos, local hospitals, schools and government departments to help alleviate the shortage in medical supplies.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe, China has been closely following the situation in Cyprus. The Embassy of China in Cyprus has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health of Cyprus on a 24/7 basis as part of the joint prevention and control efforts. After the first confirmed case on the island, the Embassy of China in Cyprus actively coordinated with competent authorities of Cyprus while facilitating joint efforts of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, China International Development Cooperation Agency, China Customs and manufacturers in fast tracking the production, customs declaration and transportation of the medical supplies destined for Cyprus amid global competition for materials and unprecedented logistical challenges to ensure their timely arrival.
In this urgent mission to aid Cyprus, both public and private sectors of China have been fully engaged. Chinese local governments such as the City of Jinhua of Zhejiang Province, Chinese companies such as Huawei, and cities of Nanjing and Guangzhou, sister cities to Limassol and Ayia Napa, have all done their part by lending a helping hand in different ways. We are pleased to have learned, that the Chinese communities in Cyprus and their Cypriot neighbors and friends have been voluntarily helping each other out in this difficult time. Nothing could have been more effective in demonstrating the true spirit of Strength in Unity.
Virus knows no border, neither does love. Mutual trust and support are the best way to overcome the pandemic. Both China and Cyprus have shown impressive determination and resilience in combating COVID-19. Driven by a strong commitment to safeguarding health and security of citizens of both countries and the world, China and Cyprus enforced comprehensive and rigorous measures in a timely manner to contain the spread of the virus and spared no effort to treating patients.
As China fought against the epidemic full front, President Nicos Anastasiades, House President Demetris Syllouris and Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides sent letters of sympathy and support to the Chinese leadership, and made an active effort in ensuring the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese diaspora in Cyprus. We are deeply moved by this invaluable friendship of Cyprus and will keep it in our hearts. As situation in Cyprus gets critical, China is ready to reciprocate the kindness and continue to provide support within our capacity to Cyprus as a true friend and trustworthy partner.
In addition, China shared experience in combating COVID-19 with European countries including Cyprus through online video conferences. The Embassy of China in Cyprus is facilitating a similar video conference between top Chinese doctors and experts and their Cypriot colleagues to share experience and practices in COVID-19 prevention and control as well as treatment.
We believe that with joint efforts of both China and Cyprus, Cyprus will be able to win the fight against COVID-19 soon. The friendship and partnership between China and Cyprus will come out of the pandemic even closer and poised for further growth.