The president reportedly sent a solidarity message to Chinese President Xi Jinping over the outbreak of the Covid-19 which had killed over 1300 people since the outbreak of the pandemic in December 2019.
The message addressed to his counterpart, which is dated 31 January 2020 but only published today reads in part:
My Dear Brother, Comrade and Friend, I wish to express my solidarity and that Of the Government and Of the Republic Zimbabwe with the Government and People Of the Republic of China at this difficult time that your country is faced with coronavirus epidemic.
Allow me to acknowledge with satisfaction, the swift response taken by your government to contain and eradicate the coronavirus resulting in minimum loss of life.
My Dear Brother. I wish to reiterate my government’s full support to your endeavours in mitigating and eradicating the epidemic and stand ready to assist in our modest way. In addition. we take solace in the fact that 2020 being the year of the rat. China will continue to prosper.
My Dear Brother. Comrade and Friend. please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.
Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE