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Remarks by H. E. Dr. Zhao Yongchen At the Welcome Ceremony for the Chinese PLAN Hospital Ship Ark Peace's Visit to Grenada

Hon. Peter David, Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Hon. Nicholas Steele, Minister of Health, Social Security and International Business,

Dear Rear Admiral Guan Bailin, commander of mission harmony 2018,

Dear Rear Admiral Qin Wei, commander of mission harmony 2018,

Mr. Edvin Martin, Acting Commissioner of Royal Grenada Police Force,

Distinguished Guests,

Dear media friends,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good Morning!

Today is a special day that we have been looking forward for so long. We gather here with excitement and joy to welcome the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s Hospital Ship Ark Peace to pay a second visit to Grenada. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Grenada and whole Chinese Community here, I’d like to extend our warmest welcome to the officers and soldiers, doctors and nurses from the Ark Peace.

The Ark Peace is one of China’s national prides. With the spirit of “Peace, Harmony, Health and Cooperation”, the ship not only provides first-class and free medical service to the visiting countries, but also spreads Chinese people’s sincerity and friendship globally. It is a large maritime medical platform designed and built solely by China. Since its commission, the Ark Peace has undertaken six Mission Harmony Medical Services in 38 countries and areas encompassing three oceans and six continents. In 2015, it visited Grenada, providing free medical and humanitarian services. Although almost 3 years have passed, I believe that these have become unforgettable memories for the people of Grenada. Dear Commanders Mr. Guan and Mr. Qin, we have been following closely on the route of Ark Peace since it embarked on its mission 96 days in Zhoushan. From the first day of the mission, we have been expecting it with pride and delight.

China and Grenada are good friends and partners in a lot of areas and we share a lot in common. China champions the development of a community with a shared future for mankind and is always willing to make new contributions to global peace and development. The second visit by Ark Peace within 3 years fully demonstrates the special close relations between our two governments and peoples. The Chinese Embassy in Grenada is committed to working continuously together with Grenadian Government and people to further enhance our bilateral relations so as to benefit the peoples of the two nations.

I wish to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to officials from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their hard work to make this visit possible. I also wish to thank the officers from the Royal Grenada Police Force, friends from the Ports Authority, and many others for their enormous efforts and contribution. I must solute to those who worked behind the scenes. I know your contribution is always very important to us. I am very confident that with the joint efforts and support from all parties, the visit by Ark Peace this time will be bound to a more successful one.

May everything go smoothly with the hospital ship!

Thank you once again.

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