Coronavirus: 550,000 Chinese masks for Greek hospitals arrive in Athens

This morning it landed at Eleftherios Venizelos Air China aircraft carrying 550,000 masks from China to Greek hospitals due to the coronavirus pandemic .

Shipments of medical supplies provided by the Chinese government to Greece, at the urgent request of the Greek government, arrived in Athens on Saturday morning, with an Air China CA 863 flight. masks, protective equipment, glasses, gloves and shoe covers.

China’s Ambassador to Greece, Zhang Qiyue, handed over medical supplies from the Chinese government to Health Minister Vasilis Kikilia at Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos. State Minister George Gerapetritis and Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis were present at the reception.

Ambassador Zhang emphasized that the collection and transportation of these medical supplies took place within 8 days, at a time when China was still under immense pressure from the epidemic to curtail and availability of medical supplies was still incomplete.

Additional medical supplies, weighing about 10 tonnes, donated by Chinese companies and organizations arrived on the same flight and were also handed over to the Greek government.

Ambassador Zhang referred to Aristotle’s words: “What is a friend? A friend means a single soul living in two bodies,” saying that “the difficult times reveal true friends” and that “China and Greece are working closely together in the fight against of Covid-19, which confirms once again the excellent relations and friendship between the two peoples. ”

He once again thanked the Greek government for its strong support during China’s battle against Covid-19, as evidenced by letters from former Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Chinese President X.

Ambassador Zhang also congratulated the Greek Government on its efforts and measures, describing them as “timely and dynamic”.

He also added that “Chinese companies such as Cosco Shipping, State Grid, Bank of China, ICBC, Huawei, to name just a few, have contributed in their own way to Greek society. More donations are arriving. And they will. we are doing our best to help our friends in Greece. ”

“With solidarity and cooperation, we will overcome this challenge together,” Ambassador Zhang concluded.

“Friendship is a soul in a tenuous body” (“Friendship is a soul dwelling in two bodies”), Aristotle, 384-322 BC.

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