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UN, AU Reaffirm Solidarity with China in Fighting NCP Outbreak

2020/02/09

UN and AU leaders attending the 33rd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa expressed solidarity with China in the fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) outbreak, and appealed against stigmatization and rumors.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted in Addis Ababa on Saturday that there is a massive effort being made by China in order to contain the epidemic, and that effort is remarkable. He called for solidarity and cooperation among the international community to jointly respond to the outbreak. He also warned that it is important to avoid any form of stigmatization as China fights the outbreak.

On Saturday, President of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly Tijani Mohamed Bande, also attending the Summit, called for solidarity and cooperation instead of listening to rumors in responding to the NCP outbreak. He also commended China's efforts in releasing information on the epidemic.

At the 33rd AU Summit on 9 February, Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat said, "At this moment, how can we not think, with compassion, of our friends in the People's Republic of China struggling with the dreadful coronavirus outbreak, to whom we once again express our feelings of full solidarity."

During the Summit, the AU Executive Council issued a communiqué, stating that Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the AU Member States expressed their solidarity with China in its efforts to counter spread of the novel coronavirus.

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