China is ready to consolidate its traditional friendship with Iraq and deepen mutual political trust, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.
In a phone conversation with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, Wang said that after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, China was the first to send a team of medical experts to Iraq, provided the country with multiple batches of anti-epidemic supplies, and assisted Iraq in building a nucleic acid testing laboratory.
Noting that a new batch of COVID-19 vaccines has been dispatched to Iraq recently as emergency aid, Wang said that China stands ready to continue to offer support to help the Iraqi people tide over difficulties at an early date and achieve victory in the fight against the coronavirus.
Wang thanked the Iraqis for understanding and supporting China's position on its internal affairs related to Xinjiang and Hong Kong, adding that supporting China means upholding non-interference in other countries' internal affairs, which is one purpose and principle of the UN Charter, as well as supporting the common interests of developing countries.
China is ready to strengthen coordination and cooperation with Iraq to truly promote the healthy development of the international human rights cause, Wang said.
Whether during the most severe security situation in Iraq or after the coronavirus outbreak last year, Chinese companies have always stayed in Iraq, providing necessary guarantees for the national economy, people's livelihoods and the economic operation of Iraq, Wang said, adding that it has fully demonstrated China's firm support to Iraq and the great importance it attaches to bilateral relations.
In the next stage, the two sides should focus on the post-epidemic era and further discuss and advance cooperation in various fields, Wang said, adding that China will continue to encourage and support more Chinese enterprises in taking an active part in Iraq's reconstruction, and upgrade bilateral cooperation in such areas as electricity, transportation, communications and municipal administration.