Right Honourable President Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari and His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, held a telephone conversation this afternoon. On the occasion, the two dignitaries discussed and exchanged their views on overall bilateral relations including COVID-19 related cooperation.
The Right Honourable President of Nepal expressed thanks to the Government of the People’s Republic of China for its continued support to Nepal in its fight against COVID-19 by providing life-saving medicines, medical equipment and supplies.
While appreciating President Xi’s public announcement that anti-COVID-19 vaccines should be global public goods, the Right Honourable President Bhandari also thanked China for providing Nepal with eight hundred thousand doses of anti-COVID vaccines earlier. The President of Nepal also requested for the facilitation of the Chinese Government to the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines from China.
His Excellency the President of China, acknowledging the difficulties Nepal has been facing due to the second wave of the pandemic, expressed full support of his Government to Nepal in its fight against COVID-19. During the conversation, the Chinese President announced that China will provide additional 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal as grant assistance. President Xi also assured that Nepal will remain on a priority of China in vaccine support and cooperation.
The Rt. Honourable President of Nepal expressed thanks to His Excellency the President of China for the new announcement of additional vaccine cooperation to Nepal at this crucial hour and expressed confidence that the cooperation will continue as we fight against the coronavirus.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu
May 26, 2021