Sat, 23 Jan 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland - Large quantities of medical equipment to help Ireland combat the coronavirus arrived in Dublin on Sunday.

It was the first of a number of consignments arranged by the Chinese government which is helping Ireland in its bid to beat the virus.

Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar thanked China in a telephone call to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (pictured) on Monday.

Ireland has a framework agreement for the purchase of major supplies of medical equipment and healthcare items from China.

Premier Li told the taoiseach China would continue to facilitate smooth implementation of the arrangements, including transport of the medical supplies to Ireland.

The two leaders sya they discussed the situation regarding the coronavirus in their respective countries.

Varadkar 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 said he looked forward to continued cooperation between the two countries.

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