Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah Chairman and Palestinian President
We resolutely oppose politicizing the pandemic or linking it with specific countries. We emphasize that it is of great significance for all countries to take joint actions, work together to cope with risks and challenges and overcome difficulties. That will play an important role in enhancing Sino-Arab political mutual trust and deepening bilateral strategic partnership.
China has achieved a major victory in the prevention and control of COVID-19. We would like to express congratulations to President Xi Jinping, the Chinese Government and Chinese experts and medical personnel. We also want to thank China for helping other countries and the World Health Organization to deal with the epidemic.
We realized the peril of the epidemic at the beginning of the outbreak. Despite Palestine’s limited strength, we declared a state of emergency early on March 5, and adopted a series of control and prevention measures, which has greatly reduced the rate of infection in the country. Border ports were closed, people’s free movements between cities were suspended, infected areas were temporarily shut down, universities, primary and middle schools, mosques and churches were closed, and all other forms of crowd gatherings were prohibited. In addition, we have established testing, isolation and treatment centers in all provinces. During this process, the Chinese Government provided us with guidance based on experience and material assistance, which effectively improved the efficiency of the Palestinian health system. We would like to express our gratitude.
Bashar al-Assad, Secretary General of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party in Syria and Syrian President
COVID-19 is the greatest public health challenge facing humanity in a century. The fight against the pandemic requires joint efforts of all countries, whether big or small, poor or rich, strong or weak. The spread of the epidemic shows that no country on the planet is immune to the impact of the epidemic on its national health and economic growth. When the epidemic is out of control, no matter how advanced a country's medical system is, it is unable to cope with so many patients.
China has actively shared experience about COVID-19 prevention and control with countries including Syria, and provided medical assistance to dozens of countries. However, in some Western countries, especially the U.S., racist speech is rampant. Western countries are even unable to help each other facing the pandemic, which was what Italy experienced. But countries such as China, Russia, and Cuba that have been targeted by the U.S. sent doctors to Italy and other countries and provided medical equipment and medicines to help them in the fight against COVID-19.
Although countries including Syria curbed the spread of COVID-19, the risk was far from being completely lifted. We face the challenge of a second outbreak in the near term, which might be more dangerous. Although scientific research is being carried out in various countries, no vaccines and specific drugs have yet been developed. All such facts mean that humanity will continue to live in uncertainty and we need to stay alert, enhance cooperation, and continue to take prevention and control measures. In addition, greater support should be provided to countries that are unable to deal with the epidemic or suffer devastating impacts economically.
COVID-19 spread to neighboring countries and regions of Syria in March. Before the first infected case was confirmed in Syria, relevant agencies had taken a series of prevention and control measures to protect citizens. In the following weeks, the Syrian epidemic prevention and control department successfully reduced the epidemic transmission rate to the lowest level in the world, and gradually relaxed and lifted the prevention and control measures, including reducing restrictions on residents' travel and economic and social activities.
Related departments in Syria, especially the public health department, are fully prepared for the second wave of the outbreak. In addition, Syria also evacuated 10,000 nationals stranded overseas due to traffic interruption and border closure, and the public health department also properly handled imported cases from foreign countries.
To exchange experience and deal with the impact of the pandemic on the global economy, the international call for establishing a platform for dialogue and cooperation becomes louder with each passing day. In addition to tackling COVID-19, Syria also has to deal with the economic terrorism and coercive measures imposed by the Western countries, which have begun to affect some other countries, including China, too. Violation of sovereignty and interference in internal affairs from Western countries have surfaced in the Jazira region of Syria and Hong Kong of China.
That is extension of the global terrorism launched by extremist organizations with the support of the Western countries. The epidemic of terrorism began in Afghanistan, spread to Xinjiang of China, and reached its peak in the terrorist war against Syria and the Syrian people.
Today, while Syria is fully committed to responding to the severe impact of COVID-19, the U.S. is tightening its economic blockade on Syria. The so-called Caesar Act is about to be implemented, which contains a series of new unilateral sanctions. It aims to further choke Syria and the Syrian people economically and financially, and to prevent Syria from the reconstruction process after being destroyed by terrorism.
It is of great significance that Syria and China conduct dialogue to exchange scientific experience in combating epidemic and reduce the negative impact on economic activities and daily life.
Dialogue should be based on mutual respect of sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs, and constructive cooperation among civilizations, where countries could share views on how to get rid of U.S. military and economic hegemony and establish a more just and balanced international order. The time-honored relationship between the Arab countries and China provided a solid foundation for this dialogue. The history of trade and cultural exchange between the two major civilizations through the ancient Silk Road can be traced back centuries. The two sides are working to revive relations and to forge closer economic, social, and cultural ties under the Belt and Road initiative proposed by China.
China has played an important role in responding to the crisis of COVID-19 by cooperating with other countries from a humanitarian perspective.
We firmly believe that all of us should protect this planet and its resources to achieve global prosperity and guarantee the dignity and good life of all peoples. There is no doubt that no matter which one of us taking an innovative, sincere and courageous stand will benefit all humanity. Let us join hands to establish a global coalition where sovereign, independent nations, no matter big or small, are respected and racism, hegemonism, and interventionism are rejected.
Syria is ready to actively promote the development of Arab-Chinese relations to yield benefits to China, Arab countries and all humanity.
Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, Mauritanian President
This meeting provides participant countries the opportunity to exchange views on the most important issues facing us, and the risks brought by COVID-19 to our region and the whole humanity. All countries should work together to eliminate the risks posed by the epidemic before focusing on the progress and prosperity of peoples in all countries.
Since the outbreak of the virus, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has taken various measures for maximum curbing of the virus spread in my country. To this end, we have established a number of ministerial committees to closely follow up the epidemic situation, to contain and reduce the impact of the epidemic on the country and the people. We saved the lives of a large number of people with great efforts and protected people from visible and predictable harm.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all brothers, friends and partners around the world who provided us with material and emotional support to help us reduce the impact of the epidemic, especially the friendly Chinese Government. China and Mauritania have forged historical friendly relations. The bilateral relations are based on mutual respect and collaboration on bilateral, regional, and international issues. Together with President Xi Jinping, we will work to strengthen bilateral relations to benefit peoples of the two countries and of the region.
As we all know, Arab-Chinese relations are profound, which are embodied in the mutually beneficial cooperation for the benefit of the peoples of the countries in the region. Such cooperation has created strong mutual trust between leaders and peoples of the two sides. There is no doubt that making good use of this mutual trust will be conducive to cultivating a new generation of people advocating development, peace, justice, and mutual assistance. It will also help strengthen exchange of views to enhance international cooperation and joint action against the pandemic, in order to eliminate COVID-19 and protect the world from greater harm.
Saad Eddine El Othmani, Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party of Morocco and Moroccan Prime Minister
Faced with the challenge posed by COVID-19, political parties in Arab countries urgently need to cooperate with the Communist Party of China (CPC) to exchange experience and information. I congratulate Chinese friends for successfully containing the epidemic, and appreciate China's emphasis on South-South cooperation, especially exchanges and cooperation with the people of Arab countries.
The theme of this meeting, jointly building a community with a shared future for China and Arab states in the new era, is worthy of deep reflection. All parties including the government, the public, political parties, non-governmental organizations and university and academic institutions should be committed to achieving this goal.
The Moroccan Justice and Development Party is pleased to keep in touch with the CPC during the pandemic crisis, especially at the beginning of the outbreak, to express our support to Chinese people. I would like to take the opportunity to thank China’s anti-epidemic support to and sharing its rich experience with other countries. Morocco values improving bilateral ties with China and is satisfied with the growth of bilateral relations. In 2017, Morocco and China signed a memorandum of understanding on jointly pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative.
Morocco and China, together with many countries in the world, attach great importance to South-South cooperation. We believe South-South cooperation is a strategic choice which is in the interests of peoples in countries in the South looking forward to development, prosperity, and stability. Today, as countries all over the world are fighting against the epidemic, political parties should seize the opportunity of this meeting, to exchange experience and work together to promote peace, security, stability, development and public health services.
Ali Abdel Aal, Egypt's Parliament Speaker
COVID-19 poses a threat to the survival and future development of people around the world. We believe that the leaders and representatives of the Egyptian political parties participating in the meeting are well aware of their responsibility, which is to further step up the joint actions between Arab political parties with the CPC in the fight against the pandemic.
The leaders of the CPC aimed to strengthen Sino-Arab cooperation in response to the crisis by proposing this meeting within the framework of the Sino-Arab cooperation mechanism. I would like to express my thanks.
This COVID-19 crisis shows that countries must strengthen cooperation with each other to stop the spread of the virus, and to jointly deal with the increasingly inflicted economic and social impact. This requires us to mobilize all effective domestic forces to fight against the epidemic. Political parties, with their social resources, can play an important role in fighting the epidemic together with the government and other agencies.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation and gratitude to the Chinese Government for its support to other countries fighting against the virus, including the recently released white paper Fighting COVID-19: China in Action.
Moreover, people around the world expect the international medical cooperation to develop effective COVID-19 vaccines, and China is making unremitting efforts in this regard, which I appreciate a lot. The crisis shows that only with solidarity and unremitting efforts can we successfully cope with the crisis. Let us work together and take this important meeting as an opportunity to set up pragmatic mechanisms to strengthen the unity and cooperation between the Arab community, represented by political parties and forces, and its strategic partners like China. The friendly relationship between China and Arab countries is based on mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation.
Rachid Ghannouchi, Head of the Ennahda Movement of Tunisia and Tunisia’s Parliament Speaker
I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the Chinese leaders and people for their assistance to Tunisia and other countries during the COVID-19 crisis. Facing the serious epidemic, human beings realized for the first time their destiny is shared. A virus recognizes no borders, regardless of skin color, race, wealth and class, sweeping all countries, invading every family, and attacking every person. That shows that the destiny of humanity is connected, and countries should engage in strategic cooperation to jointly meet challenges and achieve comprehensive and common development.
Anti-epidemic practices show that the exchange of information and experience helps effectively respond to and eventually overcome challenges. Arab countries should cooperate closely with China as it has never been stingy to provide support and assistance to Arab countries.
The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013 stressed the shared future for humanity. We need to formulate a specific action plan to implement it, and to promote the implementation in an effective and convenient way in order to achieve cooperation goals of Arab countries with China. The interests of the Chinese and Arab peoples are intertwined, and the friendship between the two parties has a long history, starting from the ancient Silk Road and facing the future based on universal values. This makes the bilateral relationship more promising, becomes a major choice for the people in the East, especially in the Middle East, and helps promote world security and peace.