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The Honourable Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad and His Excellency President Xi Jinping this afternoon held a more than half-hour telephone conversation about the ongoing COVID- 19 epidemic.
The two Leaders spoke of mutual understanding and close cooperation to contain and overcome the epidemic, as well as to minimise its impact.
The Honourable Prime Minister conveyed Malaysia’s solidarity and steadfast support for China, and expressed confidence in every effort being undertaken by His Excellency President Xi and his government in this regard. His Excellency President Xi appreciated Malaysia’s friendship and assistance, and assured that China has the strength to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, and would care for Malaysians and other people who are currently in China like their own citizens.
The two Leaders agreed on the necessity for concerted effort. The Honourable Prime Minister referred to the joint move to be undertaken by ASEAN and China to bring the situation under control.
Both Leaders also agreed to remain in close contact with each other in responding to this epidemic.
PUTRAJAYA 13 February 2020