India assures friendly nations of all help to combat COVID-19

Akhilesh Suman

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during a press conference (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during a press conference (PTI Photo)

India on Wednesday once reiterated its commitment to assist other nations in their effort to combat COVID-19.

External affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed this to his Australian counterpart Maris Peyne, while Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shrigla spoke to his American counterpart Stephen Biegun on the issue.

The Ministry of External Affairs also contacted leaders of Brazil and the European Union to assure them that India will make available to them all the medicines that it can.

External Affairs Ministry sources also said the discussions focussed on mutual issues emanating out of the COVID-19 crisis. The government is also tried to assess how other countries is dealing with the situation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minster Narendra Modi also had a telephonic conversation with leaders of these countries.

Foreign Secretary Shringla conveyed to his US counterpart about the resources that India could share with America. Both officials also discussed ways to enhance cooperation to check the pandemic, including through the development of novel therapies and prophylactics against COVID-19 as well as by ensuring the availability of essential medicines, diagnostic & medical equipment and sharing of best practices and information.

Foreign Secretary Shringla assured the Australian foreign minister of India’s help in the situation. He said India could help in sending Australian citizens home if they wished, but in case they wanted to stay on in India, their medical issues would be taken care of as per Indian standards and their visa will also be extended.

Brazilian embassy officials also confirmed to Rajya Sabha TV that the Indian government has assured them of rthe availability of hydroxychloroquine, which Brazil could make use of when it needs it.