BEIJING, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- In recent days, many leaders of international organizations have spoken positively of and supported China's efforts to battle the novel coronavirus outbreak through various means.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said he fully supports, highly appreciates and respects the efforts made by the Chinese people, adding that the Chinese people are fighting the epidemic in a proactive and orderly way.
Noting that Chinese President Xi Jinping personally commands and deploys the prevention and containment efforts, which heightens the IOC's confidence, Bach said the IOC fully believes that preparations for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will not be affected, and China will once again welcome world athletes to compete in the same field.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization General Secretary Vladimir Norov commended the Chinese government for taking decisive and effective measures, especially its openness and transparency in releasing information about the epidemic, adding that it not only reflects China's high sense of responsibility for the lives and health of its own people, but contributes greatly to the development of public health in the region and the world.
He expressed the belief that the Chinese people, with their diligence, courage and wisdom will win the fight against the epidemic in the shortest possible time.
Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, speaking on behalf of the AU, expressed solidarity with China in the fight against the epidemic, adding that the AU will remain firmly united with China at this difficult time.
Other leaders of international organizations, including World Bank Group President David Malpass, Asian Development Bank President Masatsugu Asakawa, President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Jin Liqun, President of the New Development Bank Kundapur Vaman Kamath, Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia Ban Ki-moon and Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund Henrietta Fore, commended the Chinese leaders and government for decisive and assertive measures against the epidemic, adding that they stand firmly with the Chinese government and people and are ready to provide assistance.
The foreign ministers of Thailand, Indonesia, India, Iran, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Sierra Leone and other countries also commended the Chinese leaders' decisive decision-making, correct command, swift and resolute measures, openness, transparency and responsible attitude, expressing their belief that China will secure a victory against the epidemic.