US Blincoln says multilateral cooperation is essential to combat COVID-19

U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blincoln arrives at the Vatican’s Vatican to visit Pope Francis on the 28th. © AFP=News1 © News1 Reporter Dongmyung Woo

The United States emphasized multilateral cooperation to combat the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) at the Foreign Ministers’ Summit of the G20 (G20).

U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blincoln urged multilateral agencies to defeat COVID-19 and fight growing inequality and climate change at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Matera, Italy on the 29th (local time).

Blincoln’s remarks came after Wang Yi, a State Councilor and Foreign Minister in charge of Chinese foreign affairs, said that “multilateralism is not a pretentious slogan and should not be a pretext for unilateral action,” AFP reported.

“For these and many other issues, a multilateral system is essential,” Blincoln said. “This is why the United States is committed to supporting effective and responsible multilateral organizations.”

Wang, who attended the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting via video, said, “The current global epidemic situation is serious.

“We need to provide more support to developing countries by strengthening cooperation in vaccines and medical care,” he said. “China has already provided 450 million doses of vaccine to more than 100 countries. I should not do hoarding and contribute to eliminating the ‘immune gap’.”

“We must adhere to multilateralism and add cohesion to the stability of the international order,” said Wang. “He said.

He emphasized, “Multilateralism is not a pretentious slogan, and it should not be a package for one-sided actions.”

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