Pakistan to take part in India-led SAARC meeting on Covid-19 crisis: Report

As per recent reports, Pakistan will take part in an India-led initiative on the Covid-19 crisis. The meet will take place at an official level by health experts primarily focusing on the exchange of good practices to deal with the crisis.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 17, 2021 14:57 IST
Pakistan to take part in India-led SAARC meeting on Covid-19 crisis: Report
india invites Pak to SAARC meeting

According to reports, Pakistan will take part in an India-led initiative on the Coronavirus Pandemic. The meeting at the official level conducted by health experts will primarily focus on the exchange of good practices to deal with the crisis. Many of the countries who have been invited are members of the SAARC grouping.

In March last year, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a SAARC meet on the Covid-19 pandemic. During the meet, all the SAARC heads of govt/state took part except for Pakistan. Pakistan was present at a junior level at the meeting. One of the key outcomes of the meet was the establishment of the SAARC emergency fund, with India contributing $10 million to it.

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Amid the pandemic, India reached out to many countries in the region with medicines, vaccines and other medical aid. India has sent 75,000 MT of food aid to Afghanistan via Chabahar, medical equipment, and other related things like masks to Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh. Under Mission Sagar 1, while it reached out to 5 countries in the Indian Ocean--Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, and Seychelles by sending medicines and food aid.

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As for this year, India has gifted Covid vaccines to countries in the region. These are --Bangladesh with 20 lakh doses, Myanmar with 17 lakh doses, Nepal with 10 lakh, Bhutan with 1.5 lakh, the Maldives with 1 lakh, Mauritius with 1 lakh, Seychelles with 50000, Sri Lanka with 5 lakhs, and Afghanistan 5 lakh. India has sent Covid vaccines to many countries in Latin America as well.

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