Hasina writes to Xi, expresses deep shock at loss of lives

FE REPORT | Saturday, 15 February 2020

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday expressed her deep shock at the loss of lives due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan city and other places in China.
In a message sent to Xi Jinping, President of China and General Secretary of Communist Party of China, she also conveyed her sincere sympathy for the families of the victims, said a statement issued by the foreign ministry.
The prime minister expressed her firm conviction that the government of China will be able to face and stop the aggravation of the situation with utmost capacity and control.
She highly praised the Chinese government for establishing a task force and building emergency hospitals to address the crisis, saying that the people as well as the government of Bangladesh are with the friendly people and the government of China.
Hasina also mentioned the readiness of the government of Bangladesh to extend any help to mitigate the plight of the victims.
She extended her sincere thanks for taking good care of a sizeable number of Bangladeshi citizens living in China at the tragic moment of the coronavirus outbreak.
The prime minister extended her sincere appreciation for the able leadership and commitment of Xi Jinping to his country and people, the statement said.
She also noted that Xi Jinping's prudent leadership has elevated China to a different height of development. China has become a global model of development due to his dynamic leadership, she added.
The prime minister appreciated the contributions of the Chinese President in the international arena and Asian region in particular.
"The relations between Bangladesh and modern China established solid foundation with the visit of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to China in 1952 and 1957. China-Bangladesh relations have further strengthened under your undisputed relationship," Hasina mentioned in the message.
According to the statement, Sheikh Hasina expects the presence of the Chinese President in Bangladesh at the inauguration ceremony of Bangabandhu's birth centenary to be held on 17 March 2020.