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COVID-19: Egyptian government donates to Zimbabwe

By Anyway Yotamu

Zimbabwe received a consignment of Covid-19 aid equipment from Egypt as part of the help it is extending to 30 African countries.

The Egyptians joined other well-wishers of the leading foreign partners to come to the country’s aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking upon the arrival of the consignment at Robert Mugabe International Airport, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, David Musabayana described the two countries’ relations as cordial since the days of the liberation struggle and said the gift was “a clear demonstration of the genuine desire by the Arab Republic of Egypt to continue to develop these relations for the benefit of our two countries”.

Speaking on the same occasion, Egyptian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, H.E Mahmoud Amer said Egypt heard Zimbabwe’s call for help.

“In these difficult circumstances of our brotherly country Zimbabwe, I would like to assure you of the full solidarity of the Arab Republic of Egypt with the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Government and the people, in the face of that worldwide challenging experience, also to extend to the brotherly people of Zimbabwe sincere condolences to the victims of the pandemic,” said Ambassador Amer.

He said Egypt has always provided Zimbabwe with a shoulder to lean on, even during the Cyclone Idai disaster last year when President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi directed the military to send two aircraft carrying tonnes of food aid and accommodation tents.

Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr. John Mangwiro thanked the Egyptians for their kind gesture.

“We know very well that you are also in this problem, but you found it worthwhile to help your brother. We are going to make sure that Covid-19 problems are faced with courage and energy,” said Dr. Mangwiro.

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