Chongqing ready to work closely with Shiraz
“Chongqing is willing to work closer with Shiraz in combating the virus and offer help as our ability permits”, wrote Tang Liangzhi mayor of Chongqing, the sister-city of Shiraz in a letter addressed to his Shirazi counterpart, Heidar Eskandarpour.
The message reads:
“As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is sweeping across the globe, Shiraz is also faced with daunting challenges to fight against the epidemic, for which we feel profoundly. At the outset, please allow me to convey the sincere greetings from Chongqing’s Party Secretary Chen Min’er and extend the best wishes on behalf of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee and the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government to you and the people of Shiraz. We hope those infected will get well soon.
Since Shiraz and Chongqing established the relationship of friendly exchanges 15 years ago, we have been supporting each other and sharing weal and woe. Positive results have been generated in multiple aspects including economic exchanges and trade, as well as cultural interactions. During Chongqing’s fight against COVID-19, various communities of Shiraz have expressed their care and provided assistance, which have attested to our firm friendship and moved us deeply.
Currently, the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee and the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government have been implementing the important instructions made by President Xi Jinping and following the decisions made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. An overall prevention and control strategy has been adopted to prevent the imported cases and avoid the rebound of COVID-19 within our jurisdiction. Efforts have been made to ensure the right balance between epidemic control and economic and social development and they are paying off as the situation is trending in a positive direction. The prevention measures will remain in place over time while the economy and society are returning to the right track, and life and work are coming back to normal.
What we are battling is the common enemy of mankind, and solidarity and cooperation are the most powerful weapons. Chongqing is willing to work closer with Shiraz in combating the virus and offer help as our ability permits, so as to overcome the temporary impact of COIVD-19. We are convinced that the friendship between Shiraz and Chongqing will emerge stronger after this common fight, and our cooperation in various sectors will scale new heights. We wish Shiraz an early victory in combating COVID-19! We wish you and the people of Shiraz safety, health, and happiness.”
Chongqing is a megacity in southwest China with a population over 34 million people. Enjoying the same status as Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, Chongqing Municipality is under the direct administration of the central government of the People’s Republic of China.