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Moon holds phone talks with leaders of UAE, Egypt on anti-virus efforts

All News 20:44 March 05, 2020

SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt on Thursday and discussed joint efforts to cope with the new coronavirus, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

Moon held talks first with Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and then with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok said in a release. The phone talks each lasted about 20 minutes.

Moon asked for understanding over the decision to postpone his visit to the two countries, originally planned for mid-March, due to the COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea.

South Korea has seen a rapid spread of infections since it reported the first case on Jan. 20. The country had reported over 6,000 confirmed cases and 41 deaths as of Thursday.

This photo, provided by the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, shows President Moon Jae-in speaking by phone with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on March 5, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Moon stressed Korea's extraordinary efforts to overcome the outbreak, citing its massive and swift virus testing, his office said.

He said that the country has been transparent with the daily public disclosure of statistics related to the virus infections.

The UAE crown prince said he deeply trusts Korea's active quarantine efforts and strong capabilities in fighting the virus, adding that his country will actively cooperate with Korea in overcoming the virus.

El-Sisi also spoke of Korea's advanced response system and said he believes Korea will overcome the current situation through its stringent quarantine steps and advanced medical technology, according to Moon's office.

Moon and the leaders also agreed to continue cooperation toward steady development of bilateral relations, Cheong Wa Dae said.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of South Korea's diplomatic relations with the UAE, and 25th anniversary with Egypt.

elly@yna.co.kr
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