Kim Jong-un joins world leaders wishing Trump speedy recovery
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday joined world leaders sending messages of sympathy to President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, wishing them a speedy recovery from the COVID-19 illness.
Mr Trump said Friday he and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus,
and leaders across the world have sent messages of goodwill to the couple.
“He sincerely hoped that they would recover as soon as possible.
He hoped they will surely overcome it,”
the Korean Central News Agency said of Mr KIm. “He sent warm greetings to them.”
This marks the first time Kim has sent a message to a world leader who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump once exchanged threats of destruction and crude insults after North Korea
in 2017 carried out a series of high-profile weapons tests aimed at acquiring the ability to launch nuclear strikes on the US mainland.
But they stopped such rhetoric and instead developed a personal relationship
after Mr. Kim abruptly reached out to Mr. Trump in 2018 for talks on the fate of his
advancing nuclear arsenal, they have made although little progress despite several meetings.
The UAE’s Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, sent a message to the US president wishing him and his wife well.
“Our best wishes go out to US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump,
and we hope for their speedy recovery.
Together the world will overcome the Covid-19 pandemic,” he wrote.
Others to reach out included Russian President Vladimir Putin, the head of the UN and WHO, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and others.
“I am convinced that your vitality, good spirits and optimism
will help you cope with this dangerous virus,” the Kremlin quoted Mr Putin as saying.
“Of course, we wish President Trump a speedy and easy recovery,”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
“My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to US President Donald Trump and the First Lady,” Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said.
He said he wanted the couple to
“quickly overcome this stage and return to complete health and wellness to resume
leading the valued US efforts to combat this virus worldwide”.
King Abdullah II said he was
“wishing US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania a speedy and full recovery.
Jordan is keen to continue working with the US and other partners
to counter COVID-19 and its implications around the world”.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
“sends his best wishes to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
for a quick and complete recovery,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
In Africa, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa tweeted: “My best wishes to President Trump @realdonaldtrump and the First Lady @FLOTUS as they make a full recovery from COVID-19.”
In South America, Colombian President Ivan Duque tweeted:
“With the news, they have tested positive for #COVID19, we express our solidarity with
the president of the United States, @realDonaldTrump and the First Lady, @MELANIATRUMP. We wish them a quick recovery.”
The Guatemalan government tweeted:
“The @GuatemalaGob wishes President Donald Trump @POTUS and
the First Lady Melania Trump @FLOTUS, speedy recovery of #COVID19″.
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