Sri Lanka Thanks India for the 10-tonne consignment of medicines sent to help fight COVID-19
India on Tuesday has gifted a 10-tonne consignment of medicines to Srilanka as a donation under the SAARC framework to help them fight COVID-19 pandemic that affected 180 people and killed six Srilankans. The medicines were sent to Colombo by an Air India special charter flight. High Commission of India in Sri Lanka released a statement saying “This is yet another manifestation of India’s unwavering commitment to stand with Sri Lanka, in rain, and in shine. Despite its own domestic challenges and constraints, India has always believed in sharing its resources and expertise with its friends and partners,” Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his warm gesture in a twitter post saying, “I wish to convey my heartfelt appreciation to Hon PM Narendra Modi, government and people of India for your warm gesture in sending medicines to Sri Lanka on a special chartered flight. Your kind and generous support is deeply appreciated in this hour of need,”
Besides Sri Lanka, various other SAARC nations like Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan have additionally sought a provision of those medicines and different other provides from India. PM Modi had recently reached out to the eight-nation and urging all its leaders to fight collectively to combat the coronavirus outbreak. “I wish to suggest that the management of SAARC nations chalk out a robust technique to combat Coronavirus. We might focus on, by way of video conferencing, methods to maintain our residents wholesomely. Collectively, we will set an instance to the world, and contribute to a more healthy planet,” he had tweeted on 13 March. On March 15, in a video convention that was held, India had pledged $10 million to the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund. SAARC Disaster Management Centre situated in Gandhinagar has also developed a dedicated web page pertaining to the COVID-19 situation in SAARC Nations.