Malaysia, China boost cooperation in fighting Covid-19

  • Nation
  • Friday, 15 May 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and China renewed their commitments to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob expressed this commitment to China Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe during a phone call between the two leaders.

During the call, Ismail Sabri who is also Defence Minister, and his counterpart updated each other on the prevention and control measures undertaken by both countries to fight the disease.

According to a statement from the Defence Ministry, both leaders agreed that it was critical for countries to continue working together to contain the spread of the virus.

"In this regard, the Defence Minister of Malaysia extended his sincere appreciation to the Ministry of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China for the contribution of medical supplies consisting of 13 medical items and equipment.

"The contribution from China is invaluable and would support the frontliners from the Malaysian Armed Forces," the statement said.

Ismail Sabri received the call from General Wei at 4pm on Friday (May 15).

During the call, General Wei took the opportunity to congratulate Ismail Sabri on his appointment and the two leaders also touched on regional and international security challenges of mutual interest and common concern, including the South China Sea.

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