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Taoiseach and Chinese Premier speak by phone

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar spoke by phone with Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, this morning.

The Taoiseach thanked Premier Li for the assistance of the Chinese authorities regarding the supply of essential medical equipment from China. Ireland has a framework agreement for the purchase of large quantities of supplies from China, and the first consignments arrived on Sunday.

Premier Li said they would continue to facilitate smooth implementation of these arrangements, including transport of the medical supplies to Ireland.

The Taoiseach and Premier Li discussed the situation regarding the corona virus in China and Ireland. The Taoiseach commended Premier Li for the way in which China has reduced the spread of the virus. He offered to help China in areas of Irish expertise, such as in research, and looked forward to continued cooperation between the two countries.

Premier Li thanked the Taoiseach for the way in which Chinese citizens and students are welcomed in Ireland. They agreed that the Irish and Chinese authorities would maintain close contact in the period ahead.

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