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SAARC virtual meet: India invites Pak to COVID-19 workshop

17 February 2021  

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NEW DELHI: India will host a health secretary-level meet virtually with other South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries on Thursday to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Pakistan has also been invited to attend the workshop. It is a virtual workshop on management of Covid-19, response to the pandemic and exchange of best practices amid the pandemic.

On March 15, 2020, during a video conference of the SAARC Heads of State, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed a Coronavirus Emergency Fund for the region.

This emergency fund was set up in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. The initiative seeks to mitigate the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic in the South Asian region with India contributing USD10 million to it.

Other members of the SAARC expressed their support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his proposal for the coronavirus emergency fund.

India is at the forefront in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and has gifted COVID-19 vaccines to countries including Bangladesh with 2 Million doses, Myanmar with 1.7 Million doses, Nepal with 1 Million, Bhutan with 1,50,000, the Maldives with 1,00,000, Mauritius with 1,00,000 Seychelles with 50000, Sri Lanka with 5,00,000 and Afghanistan with 5,00,000  among others.

SAARC groups together Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. November 2014, when Nepal hosted a SAARC leaders’ summit, was the last time that leaders of these nations had shared a platform. (ANI)

Publish Date : 17 February 2021 14:29 PM

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