（中外新闻社 中外新闻网记者 斌斌北京报道）今年1月，中国一场突如其来的新型冠状病毒感染的疫情成为世界关注焦点。连日来，一些国家领导人和国际组织负责人通过致函或其他方式，积极评价并支持中方为抗击新型冠状病毒感染肺炎疫情所做努力。
In January this year, a sudden outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic in China has become the focus of world attention. In the recent days, the leaders of some countries and heads of international organizations sent messages or other means to actively appreciate and support China's efforts to fight the novel coronavirus.
3月12日, 中外新闻社“新型冠状病毒疫情防控—对话各国驻华大使” 栏目组来到亚美尼亚驻华使馆，中外新闻社总编辑韦燕一行对话亚美尼亚驻华大使谢尔盖阁下。谢尔盖大使谈到，2月3日，亚美尼亚总统、总理分别致函中华人民共和国主席和总理，对中国爆发新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎疫情表达诚挚的慰问。对中国政府采取有力措施战胜疫情充满信心。千百年来, 中国历经无数挑战和考验, 总能化险为夷。相信中国一定能消除疫情造成的严重后果, 恢复安宁祥和。亚美尼亚将与中国和中国人民并肩一起抗击疫情。
March 12th, Home and Abroad News Press “The Novel Coronavirus Epidemic Prevention and Control --- Dialogue with Foreign Ambassadors to China” serial interview program came to the Armenian embassy. Mrs. Wei Yan, the President of Home and Abroad News Press, had a close dialogue with the Armenian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Sergey Manassarian. He said that: “the Armenian President and Prime Minister sent messages to Chinese President and Prime Minister to express the most sincere regards to China for the novel coronavirus outbreak. We are very confident that the Chinese government will take effective measures to manage this epidemic. Over the past thousand years, China has experienced numerous challenges and tests, and has always been able to survive from many challenges. I believe that China will certainly eliminate the serious consequences of this novel coronavirus epidemic and restore peace and tranquility in the near future. Armenia will fight against the epidemic side by side with China and the Chinese people.”
“Hello Ambassador! We have learnt that the Armenian President expressed that Armenia supports China to fight against the coronavirus together, and the Armenian people and the Chinese people will always stay together. He believes that Chinese economy will be improved with great momentum after the epidemic is over. "A friend in need is a friend indeed." We would like to express our heartfelt thanks on the behalf of all Chinese people. What is your focus of attention on the epidemic situation of novel coronavirus infection in China? Thank you!” we asked the ambassador.
Ambassador: The epidemic probably will have negative impacts on Chinese economy in the short run; however, it will not change the development momentum of Chinese economy in the future. From the first day of the outbreak, the Armenian Embassy's attention was focused on the following issues: firstly, we strictly deny fake news, given the fact that the providers of fake news were trying to provoke panic both inside and outside China. We gather and transfer accurate and timely information back to our country and let our country to learn about the newly development of China’s fight against the novel coronavirus. We also provide maximum consular, information and technical assistance to Armenian citizens residing or temporarily residing in China.
“What are your proposals for strengthening cooperation between China and the international community to jointly respond to this epidemic emergency and maintain global public health and safety?”
Ambassador: From the very first days of its fight against the virus, China has shown high responsibility and willingness to cooperate with the international community. In this difficult period, China has provided not only absolute transparency but also extensive information on new treatment options to the international community. China also provided both technical and material assistance to a number of countries affected most by the coronavirus, if not to mention the assistance you provided to the WHO in sum of USD $20 million. Under this circumstance, enhancing international cooperation is extremely important.
“As the Ambassador to China, do you receive the accurate and comprehensive information about the epidemic situation of novel coronavirus infection in time? What do you do to prevent and control the epidemic situation through the diplomatic system?”
Ambassador: Led by President Xi Jinping, Chinese government and people successfully prevented and controlled the epidemic in the country and effectively stopped the virus spread to other countries, which is to protect and maintain global public health safety. For all diplomatic missions in China, including the Embassy of Armenia, a comprehensive information about the virus has been available. In this respect, it is a must to express special gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and to the Beijing Municipality. The health condition of foreign diplomats has always been in the center of the attention of Chinese Foreign Ministry.
At the end of dialogue, Ambassador Sergey Manassarian said: “We highly appreciated and congratulated for China's phased victory in fighting the novel coronavirus epidemic.”