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Yemeni PM meets delegation of China's health ministry
Xinhua | 2013-3-31 9:05:34
Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa on Saturday met here with a visiting delegation of China's health ministry, expressing hopes that medical and health cooperation between the two countries would be further strengthened.
During the meeting, Basindwa said China and Yemen had enjoyed five decades of medical and health cooperation, which showed China 's support to the Arab country.
The Chinese medical teams have been healing the wounded and saving lives across Yemen for 47 years, contributing to the improvement of the Yemeni people's livelihood, Basindwa said.
The Yemeni government welcomes the return of the Chinese medical personnel after they left the country due to the 2011 unrest and hopes that bilateral health cooperation will be strengthened in the future, he added.
Chinese ambassador to Yemen Chang Hua, for his part, said China sent its first medical team to Yemen in 1966 and since then, more than 3,400 doctors and nurses had been working in the country and made contribution to the Yemeni people's health improvement.
China values its traditional friendship with Yemen and hopes to deepen bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields, he added.
The delegation of China's health ministry arrived in Sanaa on Thursday for the resumption of the Chinese medical work in the country after a temporary departure. The Chinese medical personnel in Yemen will expand to 90 people this year and will be providing training courses along with medical services.