Countries taking part in Expo 2020 Dubai have expressed unity and solidarity amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
This came during a virtual meeting of participants to discuss the impact of the pandemic.
They shared updates on construction and operational plans, while organisers highlighted the strong precautionary measures in place in the UAE.
Expo 2020 Dubai is closely monitoring ongoing developments and has committed to adjusting planned preparations, as changing circumstances require.
The group will meet again in the coming weeks to discuss the evolving situation.
"This discussion with participants was an opportunity to reassure them on the measures that we have put into place in the UAE, to listen to their issues, and to look for ways that we can provide tangible, meaningful support at this difficult time, in the spirit of openness, collaboration and partnership that are at the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai," said Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai.
"Our immediate priority is the health and well-being of everyone involved in Expo 2020 Dubai, and this will not be compromised. Our monitoring of ongoing developments means we will take all sensible precautions to manage and mitigate risk to all those involved."
Meanwhile, Dimitri Kerkentzes, Secretary-General of the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions), has welcomed Expo 2020 Dubai’s pragmatic approach.
"It offers both reassurance and assistance to those who need it, and will, I believe, contribute to the successful delivery of this mega event,” he said.