India’s move to forge global alliance against COVID-19

Akhilesh Suman

File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, seeking closer cooperation with his country in the fight against Coronavirus.

While Modi praised the systematic and scientific action of South Korea in tackling the pandemic, Moon Jae-in appreciated India’s efforts in taking care of South Koreans living in India.

According to sources, Prime Minister Modi expressed keen interest in understanding South Korea’s approach to the COVID-19 situation.

He also assured the South Korean President that India will make optimum use of the equipment and other material that it is getting from his country. South Korea has effective ventilators, test kits and other materials to treat COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla spoke to his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov and apprised him of the situation in India.

India has assured Russia of making timely supplies of hydroxychloroquine to combat COVID-19.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to his Spanish counterpart and told him that India will provide all medicines including hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol for the treatment of Spanish people.

On Wednesday, Brazilian President Bolsonaro praised India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing hydroxychloroquine.

US President Donald Trump and British acting High commissioner Jan Thompson also thanked India for its decision to supply essential medicines. India has allowed 25 countries to procure hydroxychloroquine from India. This includes US, UK, Spain, Brazil, Germany, Sri Lanka and Maldives among others.

Pakistan has also responded to Prime Minister Modi’s call by extending $3 million to the SAARC COVID Emergency fund.