Chinese and African leaders mourn lives lost to COVID-19

Members of a Chinese medical team pose for a photo upon their arrival at the airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 16, 2020.(Xinhua/Wang Shoubao)
Members of a Chinese medical team pose for a photo upon their arrival at the airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 16, 2020.(Xinhua/Wang Shoubao)

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s suggestion, Chinese and African leaders attending an extraordinary summit on COVID-19 response on Wednesday observed a moment of silence for those who passed away due to the pandemic and expressed condolences to their families.

The Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19, held via video link, was chaired by Xi and attended by leaders of African countries, including members of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government and rotating chairs of major African sub-regional organizations, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission.

The secretary-general of the United Nations and the director-general of the World Health Organization also attended the meeting as special guests.