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EAM S Jaishankar discusses COVID-19 with counterparts from West Asia

Updated: April 25, 2020 2:58 pm
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to his counterparts from Qatar, the UAE, Niger, Palestine and Czech Republic yesterday and held discussions on the coronavirus infection.

In conversation with Qatar Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Dr Jaishankar discussed their experience of dealing with coronavirus infection and also thanked him for taking care of the Indian community. He said such challenging times will only further strengthen friendship between the two nations.

The Minister also spoke to United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed. Later in a tweet, he said pandemics further highlight the need for international cooperation. He applauded the generosity of spirit and clarity of policy that has characterised UAE’s approach towards COVID 19.

Dr Jaishankar also spoke to Niger Foreign Minister Kalla Ankourao and assured him of India’s support in meeting the coronavirus challenge, including medicines.

He also discussed the coronavirus situation with Palestine Foreign Minister Riad Al Malki and assured him of Indian medical assistance.

He also exchanged experiences on coronavirus response with Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek. The minister said the two leaders agreed that there are valuable lessons for international cooperation.

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