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Chinese President sends condolences to Salone on Ebola deaths

President Ernst Bai Koroma and Chinese leader, Xi Jinping

President Ernst Bai Koroma and Chinese leader, Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed his heartfelt condolences to his Sierra Leonean counterpart, President Ernest Bai Koroma, for the deaths of his compatriots as a result of the Ebola outbreak.

“I would like to express my deep sympathy on the outbreak of Ebola in the West African region including Sierra Leone, which has resulted in heavy casualties in Sierra Leone and the region. On behalf of the government and people of the People’s Republic of China and in my own name, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency and through Your Excellency to the Sierra Leonean government and people,” wrote Mr. Xi in a letter to President Koroma on Sunday.

He commended the government for its “quick response” to the outbreak, and for “mobilizing local and international strengths and resources to resolutely combat the disease”, for which he said the Chinese government and people highly appreciated.

“China and Africa are good brothers, friends, and partners who share weal and woe with each other. The Chinese government and people support the endeavour of the Sierra Leonean government and people to fight against Ebola, and would like to provide a batch of emergency anti-Ebola medical materials valued at RMB 10 million Yuan (equally 1.63 million USD) to support Sierra Leone in containing Ebola,” Mr. Xi’s letter of condolence stated.

He called on the international community “to act positively to provide emergency assistance to Ebola-stricken countries”.

“I believe that under the leadership of Your Excellency, the Sierra Leonean government and people will surely win the battle against Ebola and resume normal social order at an early date,” he concluded.