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Ambassador Gui Congyou Attends Video Meeting between Speaker of Swedish Parliament and Asia-Pacific Ambassadors

On 24 June, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Dr. Andreas Norlén held an video meeting with Asia-Pacific Ambassadors. As the dean of Asia-Pacific Ambassadors’ Club, Ambassador Gui Congyou chaired the meeting and gave a speech. Ambassadors and charge d’affaires of fifteen Asia-Pacific countries participated.

Dr. Norlén gave a briefing on Swedish Parliament’s work during the pandemic. After the outbreak in Sweden in late February, the Parliament took a series of response measures to ensure continued functioning of the Parliament while safeguarding the health and safety of the parliamentarians. During the pandemic, the Parliament prioritized pandemic-related issues, implemented previously set agenda and finished its work smoothly.

Ambassador Gui, on behalf of the Club, thanked Dr. Norlén for his introduction. Ambassador Gui said that the Speaker’s briefing on Swedish Parliament’s work during the pandemic to the Asia-Pacific Ambassadors fully demonstrated that the Swedish side and Speaker himself attach great importance to the relations between Sweden and the Asia-Pacific countries. The meeting has increased the Ambassadors’ understanding of Sweden’s pandemic response measures.

Ambassador Gui said that the pandemic has not yet been put under effective control around the world, and still continues in Sweden. China expresses sincere sympathy for Sweden’s suffering and deep condolence to those who passed away in the pandemic. We understand Sweden’s response measures, and support the efforts made by the Swedish Government and people to fight the pandemic. The virus is the common enemy of mankind, and can only be defeated by the international community through solidarity and cooperation. The pandemic again manifests that all mankind is a community with shared destiny, and highlights the importance of multilateralism and international cooperation. China and Sweden have maintained close communication on prevention and response measures. China is willing to cooperate with the international community, Sweden included, to make contribution to the global triumph over the virus.

The Asia-Pacific Ambassadors had a friendly exchange with Dr. Norlén on Sweden’s response measures and related issues.

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